Cullman husband and wife were arrested after two spent meth labs and several pieces of drug paraphernalia were found in their Valley Grove residence during a welfare check Monday afternoon.

Julia Anna Speegle, 49, and Jonathan Scott Speegle, 42, of Cullman were arrested at their home on County Road 283 around 2 p.m. Monday after Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Agents (CNET) saw a smoking pipe on the kitchen table while checking on a child under 12-years-old, Cullman County Sheriff Mike Rainey said.

“CNET agents assisted DHR [Department of Human Resources] on a drug complaint case and a possible drug manufacturing in the presence of a young child case,” Rainey said. “When the agents and DHR arrived, they identified themselves to Mrs. Speegle, who answered the door. The agents asked if they could enter the residence and look for the child and she invited them in.”

Upon entering, the officers found a glass smoking pipe laying on the living room table and the agents questioned Speegle about it, Rainey said.

“Speegle responded to the officers and said, ‘I didn’t know I couldn’t do that, I thought you were looking for the child, I didn’t know y’all were looking for things like that or I would have hidden it,’” Rainey said. “The agents then asked for consent to search the home and she denied them. They then conducted a sweep of the residence to preserve the evidence and the agents escorted her outside.”

Rainey said CNET obtained a search warrant for the home and located 2.8 grams of methampheamine packaged in six bags lying on an end table in a bedroom. A jar containing precipitant [tested positive for methampheamine] was next to the bathroom sink, two two-liter bottles containing spent meth labs, ephedrine extracted from a coffee grinder, three glass smoking pipes, two cut straws, a .30-06 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, two spent gas generator bottles, lithium batteries, and plastic tubing were also recovered. The child was not located in the home, but was reportedly staying with relatives at the time.

“It was also discovered that Mr. Speegle had ran out the backdoor through the woods to his grandmother’s house and was hiding in the basement,” Rainey said. “Officers were able to arrest him from that residence without incident. I want to commend the effort of CNET and the deputies that were involved. The safety of our children is a priority for all of us.”

Both Speegles are being held at the Cullman County Detention Center. They are each being held on a $1 million bond. They are both charged with unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia.

A drug suspect allegedly found with methamphetamine in his pants pocket Tuesday night told Spokane County sheriff’s deputies he did not know how the drugs got into his pocket and that, in fact, he had borrowed the pants from a guy named “Mike.”

Jaime P. Medina, 36, was booked into jail on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Deputy Mark Brownell saw a man, later identified as Medina, in the area of 8700 E. Harrington Ave. in Spokane Valley. Brownell thought the man was suspicious because he exited a car with a flashlight and there had been multiple vehicle prowlings in the area.

Brownell recognized Medina and said he kept reaching down at his front, right pants pocket. When Brownell told him to stop, Medina refused to cooperate, a news release said. Dispatch informed Brownell that Medina had a warrant out for his arrest. A search revealed a clear plastic baggie that contained a substance which later tested positive for meth, the release said.

When asked about the meth, Medina said he didn’t know where it came from and that he’d borrowed the pants from a guy named “Mike.”



Saturday evening, January 11th, Officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office went to Brooks Shell Rd in Elk Park looking for 18 year old Aamon Nathan Webb in reference to an outstanding Felony Probation Violation.

On arrival, the release said Officers located  41 year old Freddie Bare of Brooks Shell Rd. and 19-year old Michael Arnett of Beech Mountain Rd.—and also found items known to be consistent with a methamphetamine lab at the residence.

Webb was later located at that home and was arrested on the outstanding Probation Violation without incident, while Arnett and Bare were both charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

The release said Bare was placed in the Avery County Jail under a $100,000.00 bond,  Arnett jailed under a $101,000.00 bond.  Webb was set a bond of $8,000.  A fourth male found there is still being investigated with charges expected after a complete investigation.



Over 20 pounds of methamphetamine was seized and two men were arrested in Phoenix on Tuesday following an investigation by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, authorities said.

Juan Carlos Soto-Neris, 26, and Jorge Cecilio Bernal-Araujo, 43, were arrested on suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, and transport for sale of a dangerous drug.


Officials said the men were arrested near Encanto Boulevard and and 83rd Avenue after they were caught transporting two large bags filled with a white substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Sheriff’s detectives said they suspect the drugs were imported from Mexico and the two men had identification documents from Mexico in their possession when they were arrested.



For my friends, methamphetamine is a plot device, a prop in a show. For me it has been the very real possibility that my brother would burn our house down while we slept.
Here is my confession: I have only seen one episode of “Breaking Bad.”
I don’t live under a rock, and I do have access to television and Internet. Most of my friends have tried to get me to watch “Breaking Bad,” because for them, methamphetamine is a plot device, a prop in a show. For me it has been the very real possibility that my brother would burn our house down while we slept. Or steal someone’s wallet, or slash my mother’s tires, or kill someone in a bar fight, or hurt himself.
My older brother became a meth addict, and after years of using and attempts at rehab, his addiction claimed his life. I know it’s a coincidence, but as the seasons aired, my brother declined further and further. By season three, he couldn’t keep a job or a roof over his head. By season four, he had stolen a car to feed his habit.
In the month following the series finale, with seemingly everyone freaking out about the conclusion of their favorite show, my brother’s addiction had created such powerful delusions and paranoia that he committed suicide while checked into a mental health hospital.
My first distinct memory of my brother Matt is from kindergarten. I walked home from school because it was only three blocks away, and my brother was supposed to watch me while my Mom was at work.
When I got to our gate, he was sitting on the porch rocking back and forth in a plastic chair. I walked inside the house, and he followed me. He locked the door and the deadbolt at the top, and he turned to me and said “The tree is trying to kill me. Don’t open the door.” ‘
Then he climbed out a window and ran away through the back yard. I was five.
He was a troubled soul. He was in and out of juvenile hall, and later jail. No one else in our family has ever used methamphetamine so we didn’t understand that you can be addicted after one use, that it rewires the processing of dopamine in the brain, and that it can take over a year of sobriety for the brain to function normally again. There is no methadone treatment for meth, nothing to help ease into abstinence.
Not only was he was destroying his own life, and he was tearing our family down as well.
I believe that he made numerous bad decisions, and those decisions contributed to his death. Drug use and suicide are choices that are tragic, but individual. Yet at the same time, he struggled for years to get clean, and could never seem to quite break through it. We believe that he suffered from an undiagnosed mental disorder, but the drugs prevented him from ever seeking lasting treatment. Combined with a strong addiction, it’s a wonder he made it as long as he did. He died a few weeks shy of his 37th birthday.

Matt was born in the Dominican Republic while my mother was a missionary there.

For a long time, he received help, as much as we could provide. My family has always been in the lowest income bracket, so the expensive rehabilitation centers and counselors and therapies were always off limits. He would get clean during stints in jail, or by locking himself in an empty room for several days.
There were times he would get better on his own, and stay clean for months. The most stable time in his life was when his children were born. We thought that maybe he finally found something strong enough to help him stay clean, to function like a normal adult. His life was a roller coaster, and it always seemed to go so much further down than it had ever gone up.
For my family, methamphetamine was why my brother never held down a job for more than a few months, why he would disappear for weeks on end, why he would steal money from friends and relatives, including his own children, why he had been violent and abusive.
Meth is why he stole my Mom’s jewelry and pawned it two blocks away. Meth is why he ate all the sandwiches that were meant for his kid’s lunch when he hadn’t eaten in several days. Meth is why I had to call the police on him before breakfast. Meth is the black hole that swallowed him up before he turned 40.
Yes, “Breaking Bad” is fiction, but what sort of message is it sending when one middle aged guy’s cancer treatments are more important than the devastation of dozens of entire families? Every addict has a family somewhere. Regardless of Walter White’s intentions or motivations, the effects of meth are catastrophic.
By the end of season 5, how many people used Walter White’s signature Blue Sky? Hundreds? Thousands? It’s entertainment for people who will never come close to having to deal with an actual meth addict. I don’t understand how people can find it thought-provoking and edgy to see a character be a part of the problem with no remorse.
Yes, drug use is a choice, but so is becoming a drug lord. Is the preservation of one middle class white family so important that it trumps the safety of entire communities? Maybe if it was Walter Black or Walter Brown instead, the show wouldn’t be worthy of a Netflix binge.
His final relapse got him kicked out of the halfway house he was in. With nowhere to go, and the paranoia starting up, my brother checked into a mental health hospital. They had him on five minute checks, meaning that he was never alone for more than five minutes at a time.
The day before, he called my sister, trying to tell her about the people who were after him. He had had this delusion for years, in different cities, only while under the influence. At one point he was crying as he told her “I wish you believed me that they’re coming to torture me.” He was so convinced that what “they” had planned for him was hell, he took his own life. He asked to take a shower, and in under five minutes had managed to get his T-shirt through a grate. How scared do you have to be to want to die that badly?
When he was discovered, he was rushed to a hospital. The doctors tried everything they could to resuscitate him, and for several days we were in a state of limbo, unsure of whether to plan a memorial, whether to have hope. While we waited, I realized that I wanted it to be the end. I didn’t wish him dead, but I wanted his suffering to be over. I wanted all of our suffering to be over.
Because in 20 years of memories, I didn’t have a single positive one with him in it. When someone dies, you grieve for all the potential that is lost, the person they could have been, all the days and blessings that come with life. He had no future, though, nothing that he could have been while using meth.
In the end his brain had suffered too much damage, and that was it. He was a candidate for organ donation, and it’s been a source of comfort to know that the two people who received his kidneys have a second chance at life.
When I spoke with my mother after he was cremated, she said something that broke my heart.
“This death I can live with,” she said,” This is better than him getting killed in a fight, or freezing to death in a ditch somewhere, or us never knowing what happened at all. He didn’t die alone. This was the best outcome for his life.”
Drugs turned him into a call that we dreaded, a violent surprise that showed up at dinner. His two children will only ever remember him as the erratic, crazy drug addict he became, a man who made grand promises and then would disappear for weeks. Meth consumed everything that he was, everything he might have been. His addiction burned down everything else, relationships, ambitions, possessions, until the last thing to go was his body and his life.
Don’t tell me it’s just a TV show, not when it glorifies a person making millions off of a dangerous and addicting substance, not when real, living people struggle with it everyday. Go ahead and watch it, and throw viewing parties, and enjoy it. But don’t make blue sugar candy “meth” and think it’s clever. Remember that it isn’t just a prop, it’s a problem.

Five people have been arrested after troopers found a meth lab at a home on 11th Street in Carrollton, Ky., on Monday.

Troopers received information about a meth lab at the residence and were granted a search warrant for the property. During the search, they found the meth lab in an outside building and several ingredients used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Grant Cobb, 52, was charged with three counts of unlawful distribution of meth precursors.

Megan O’Connor, 26, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and five counts of unlawful distribution of meth precursors.

Elizabeth Puckett, 45, was charged with four counts of unlawful distribution of meth precursors. She also had a warrant for writing cold checks. Two individuals, Jennifer Lainez, 31, and Tommy Floyd, 25, were not at the home at the time the search warrant was served, but were located Tuesday and arrested in connection with the meth lab.

Lainez was charged with possession of meth precursors.

Floyd, who was found in Gallatin County, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. He was also charged in Gallatin County with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia because he was making meth there at the time of his arrest. All five were taken at the Carroll County Detention Center. KSP said more arrests are expected to follow as the investigation continues.



The number of methamphetamine labs found in Washington County last year  doubled from the previous year. That might sound scary for area residents, but  at least one local official believes the statistic doesn’t necessarily mean  there has been an increase in area meth labs.

Instead, he says, the larger number of labs reported equates to better  officer training.

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office released a report this month indicating  meth production remains high, with Tennessee ranking one of the top states for  the most meth labs discovered.


The highly addictive drug continues to be a problem here even though the  state tracks the sale of pseudoephedrine, a main ingredient in making meth, and  blocks suspicious purchase attempts of the cold medicine.

Only Missouri had more meth labs uncovered by law enforcement in 2013. Not  all of the data for 2013 is available, however, because the report was released  before November and December lab finds were recorded.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Doug Gregg documents meth labs found  here and, according to his figures, there was a 100 percent increase in the  number of meth labs found in 2013 from the number found in 2012.

In 2012, there were 21 meth labs found while the number in 2013 jumped to 42,  according to Gregg.

He said officer training to better recognize and look for precursors to meth  production on any call they respond to has resulted in the higher number of  busts.

Tommy Farmer, director of the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical  Task Force, said there are many factors that affect the seizure numbers. One of  those, like Gregg said, is the amount of training officers receive.

“We are a central repository for (Tennessee) agency reports,” Farmer said. “We train (officers) for free; we issue $2,000 of equipment for free; we  dispatch our response truck to the site for free; we take the waste for free and  we reimburse departments to up to three hours overtime for officers.”

For the comptroller’s study that looked at Tennessee’s meth labs compared to  labs in other states, statistics came from the El Paso Intelligence Center,  which maintains national meth seizure documentation.

Those numbers differ some from the Task Force numbers documenting meth labs  in the state.

Farmer said he can’t exactly explain the difference, but he’s certain the  Task Force numbers are dead-on based on the number of times a task force  clean-up vehicle was sent to a scene.

“(In 2013) we dispatched our trucks to 1,691 meth labs. We have processed  more than 21,000 pounds of waste,” he said. One lab incident can result in  dozens or even hundreds of actual meth labs, or the one-pot production vessels  used to make the drug.

“Many variables affect the seizure numbers,” Farmer said. “When we’re having  a training, we look across the state and see where the affected areas are (and)  where they’re having a significant number of labs.”

Farmer said in 2013, some areas experienced a spike in the number of labs — Washington County is one example — where there have been few in previous  years.

The number of labs has steadily increased in Washington County, from six in  2010 to 40 in 2013.

So despite tracking pseudoephedrine sales through pharmacies, the number of  labs discovered here has increased.

Some locations, Farmer said, have seen a decrease in labs as well as  pseudoephedrine sales after those local governments passed ordinances requiring  a prescription to purchase the decongestant medication.

“We started seeing these city ordinances pop up where there were historically  high lab seizures. Franklin County is an example. They reduced meth labs by 69  percent and eliminated smurfing,” Farmer said.

Smurfing is when a meth maker gets other people to go purchase the  pseudoephedrine so they don’t draw attention to themselves. Usually the “smurf” is paid in meth, Farmer said.

Several Tennessee counties passed local ordinances requiring a prescription  for pseudoephedrine purchases, but in December the attorney general said that  violates state law.

Two states in the country — Oregon and Mississippi — have prescription-only  statutes. According to the comptroller’s study, Oregon continued to have low  levels of meth lab incidents while Mississippi saw a decrease in lab incidents  in 2012.

Gregg said one of the issues of tracking pseudoephedrine sales is that it  isn’t done in real time.

“If I went out to four different pharmacies and bought my limit, the system  wouldn’t flag me between the time I go to the first pharmacy and the second  pharmacy,” Gregg said.

“They’ve found a way around it and they’re exploiting it to no end,” he said,  referring to meth cooks.

The reason the system doesn’t track sales in real time? Money.

“To get it to real time was going to cost an exponential amount of money,” he  said.

Of course, the more meth cooks can circumvent the tracking system, the more  meth they can cook and that results in a continuation of meth waste being dumped  alongside roads.

Gregg said it’s a continuing concern for him, not only as a law enforcement  officer but also as a father.

“The labs are always going to be the biggest concern for us, I think, because  of the danger to people who aren’t using and aren’t cooking it. It scares me to  death thinking a kid walking down the road to a neighbor’s where he plays and  kicking a bottle and the bottle explodes,” he said. “I think right now  prescription pills are our number one problem. Meth and meth labs are a close  number two.”

For more information about the comptroller’s meth study, go to and click on the link to the report.