Comments Off on Hartselle parents, Shawna Smith, 39, and Anthony Smith, 40, and daughter 20-year-old Elizabeth Smith, charged with cooking Methamphetamine in front of juvenile family members

The Morgan County Drug Task Force announced the arrests of three family members in connection to a methamphetamine operation out of a Hartselle home.

Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin said task force agents along with Hartselle police were dispatched to a welfare check in the 200 block of East Main Street on Wednesday. The check of two juveniles in the residence was ordered after the task force received tips that adults were cooking and using meth in front of the kids.16890325-large

Agents reported seeing meth making paraphernalia when they made contact contact the adult couple that lived there. They secured a search warrant and reported finding more ingredients and paraphernalia, including liquid meth, acid, salt, cold packs, lithium batteries and pseudoephedrine.

Investigators determined the couple’s 17-year-old child and 10-month-old grandchild were present while meth was being cooked.

Anthony Smith, 40, and Shawna Smith, 39, were arrested and charged with first0degreee unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, drug endangerment of a child, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hartselle Fire and Rescue decontaminated the adults while the Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to decontaminate the children using a special trailer. The Morgan County Department of Human Resources placed the juveniles in a safety plan and removed them from the home.

Task force agents said they learned the couple also has a 20-year-old daughter who they say was “just as responsible” for the meth production as her parents. This daughter was not home during the bust, but agents said she later went to their office to be interviewed and was subsequently arrested. The 20-year-old, Elizabeth Smith, was charged with second-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance.

Franklin said the investigation is ongoing. The department encourages anyone who knows of meth activity in Morgan County to call you 256-351-4816.








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