Lee County, Ala., sheriff says 5-month-old found in apparent meth lab in Auburn

Also guns, cash, cocaine and marijuana were in apartment, investigators said

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 26, 2010 

Authorities in Lee County, Ala., announced Friday that three agencies serving a search warrant at a southwest Auburn apartment found cash, guns, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and a 5-month-old girl.

Investigators said they also found equipment typically used to produce meth: glassware, plastic containers, coffee filters, funnels, tubes, ammonium nitrate camp fuel, sulfuric acid and “other items consistent with a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory.”

Authorities said the Department of Human Resources took custody of the infant.

They said they also found in the apartment prescription drugs, digital scales, a .270-caliber rifle, a 20-gauge shotgun and $1,300 cash.

According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, those arrested, their ages, hometowns and charges were:

— John Thomas Stieber, 18, of Auburn; two counts of possessing a controlled substance and first-degree manufacturing.

— Jamie Brooke Abrams, 18, of Auburn; six counts of possessing a controlled substance.

— Brittany Maranville, 18, of Valley; second-degree possession of marijuana, possessing drug paraphernalia, and chemical endangerment of a child.

— Jessy Lamar Hale, 23, of Valley; second-degree possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and chemical endangerment of a child.

The sheriff’s office said the four were held Friday in the Lee County jail, Stieber on $36,000 bond, Abrams on $19,000 bond, and Maranville and Hale on $15,000 bond each.

Besides the sheriff’s office, Auburn and Opelika police participated in the raid shortly after noon Eastern Time Thursday.

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