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DECATUR, Ala. (WAAY) – A Decatur man is in jail with bonds totaling $1.12 million after authorities said they found a meth operation, dozens of guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his home.

Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin said her department, Decatur police and Madison-Morgan drug agents had been investigating Matthew Joseph Hoppenjans, 44, for several weeks after complaints of drug activity at his home in the 2300 block of Pennylane Street SE.

Matthew Joseph Hoppenjans

Franklin said they searched the home and found a red phosphorus meth lab, finished methamphetamine and materials used to make meth. She also said they found more than 25 guns in the home — some of them assault rifles — and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition.

Hoppenjans was arrested as he pulled up to the home.

He is charged with manufacturing meth, possession of meth and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Franklin said Hoppenjans is a felon and could face federal charges for the guns.




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