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Five face drug charges from weekend arrests

Published 12:07pm Monday, July 21, 2014

Five people have been arrested in connection with several drug investigations over the weekend in Morgan County.

Ragsdale
Ragsdale
Williams
Williams
Blue
Blue
Lavender
Lavender
McDonald
McDonald

Sheriff Ana Franklin said the first incident started Saturday when deputies were dispatched to Nanceford Road outside Hartselle City limits to answer a criminal mischief complaint.

Milford Steven Williams, 53, and Teresa McDonald, 59, were arrested and charged with unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance first, unlawful possession of a controlled substance (meth) and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were taken to Morgan County Jail with a bond of $505,000 each, set by Judge Glenn Thompson.

Deputies discovered that the suspect, Williams, had an active warrant for his arrest. Deputies made contact with Williams at 3147 Nanceford Road and placed him under arrest for the warrant.

Deputies spoke with his wife, Teresa McDonald, and determined that there was possibly a meth lab at the residence. The Morgan County Drug Task Force was called and secured a search warrant.

Agents discovered two one-pot meth labs at the residence along with finished methamphetamine, lithium batteries, fuel, lye, cold packs, acid, HCl gas generator and coffee filters.

Danville Volunteer Fire Department was called to decontaminate the suspects.

Later Saturday evening, deputies stopped a vehicle on U.S. 231 in Lacey’s Spring for a traffic violation.

Deputies obtained consent to search and discovered a box of Claritin-D cold medicine along with syringes, a spoon and morphine pills. Drug agents determined that Veronica Ragsdale, 50, and Shannon Blue, 43, had purchased the cold medicine to manufacture meth.

Ragsdale was charged with unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance 2nd.  Her bond is set at $5,000.

Blue was charged with unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance 2nd, unlawful possession of a controlled substance (morphine), and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $7,800.

Both suspects remain in the Morgan County Jail.

Franklin added that around midnight Hartselle Police stopped a suspicious person walking on Crestline Drive after receiving a complaint that she was yelling at cars.  Hartselle officers discovered meth, Xanax and Suboxone in the suspect’s purse.

Sara Leeann Lavender, 36, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance (meth), unlawful possession of a controlled substance (Xanax) and unlawful possession of a controlled substance (Suboxone). Lavender, 36, was taken to Morgan County Jail with a bond set at $7,500.

Lavender was out on bond from a burglary earlier in the month and could be facing bond revocation.

Franklin is asking residents to report any illegal drug activity by calling 256-351-4816.

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