A meth bust took place Friday at this house in Autauga County.
John McCurdy (Source: Autauga County Sheriff's Office)
AUTAUGA CO., AL (WSFA) -
An investigation that spanned eight months in Autauga County culminated in a raid at a home in Jones Friday.
The Autauga County Sheriff's Office allowed a WSFA crew to ride with them as they rolled up on the house at the center of their investigation, located at 686 County Road 83- a rural area near the Dallas County line. It was the result of a joint operation with the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. A canine officer with the Alabama Department of Corrections was also at the scene to assist deputies.
Officials say they received an anonymous tip about possible drug activity at the home based on people coming and going from the location at all hours of the day and night. Over the past several months, deputies built up information and evidence through surveillance and controlled drug buys made by an informant.
"We had information that there has been a lot of traffic coming through here which told us there was something going on. We were able to develop enough evidence to get a search warrant and they were selling some meth here," said Chief Deputy Joe Sedinger with the Autauga County Sheriff's Office. "We do know they were running a lab here, what they call a shake and bake."
During the surprise sting, deputies took the man who was the target of their drug probe into custody immediately and searched his property, finding what officials say was evidence of a "shake and bake" meth operation in which plastic bottles are used to mix the ingredients to make the drug. Baggies of meth were also discovered and officials believe the suspect, John McCurdy, was making and dealing methamphetamine. The also found security cameras and scanners used to monitor police activity and several weapons.
McCurdy, 54, is facing charges of Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). His total bond was set at $265,000.
"He would manufacture a small amount and when he would manufacture that, they would sell it. After that was gone, they would cook more and sell again," an undercover deputy told WSFA. It's not clear how long McCurdy had been making and dealing the drug out of his home.
We are told the sheriff's office is investigating several other people in connection with the case.
The "shake and bake" process of cooking meth is simpler, faster and cheaper than more elaborate labs and consists of mixing cold pills and chemicals in a bottle. Deputies say the method has swept the country, ruining lives. They were happy to put a dent in the meth business here at home.
"Whenever the citizens complain about these areas and we can come in and investigate and make an arrest and help that community, it's always a good thing" the undercover deputy added.
Humane officers were also called out to the scene to check on the condition of dogs found at the house. Some of the puppies and dogs were turned over to the Autauga County Humane Society for evaluation and future adoption.
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