Valley, Ala., police raided a motel room early this morning where they discovered a clandestine methamphetamine lab.
Three people were arrested at the Rica Motel, 4602 20th Ave., Valley, about 2 a.m. when patrol officers observed drug making components and products commonly associated with the illegal production of meth as well as smoking devices, tubing and containers. The officers had been called to the motel to investigate activities within a rented room there. When they made contact with the occupants of the room a strong odor of illegal drug manufacturing was detected and the drug-making components were sitting in plain site, a press release said.
Arrested were Robert Hunt, 26, of 2406 36th Street, Valley; Harry Wiley Bales Jr., 30, of 5499 U.S. Highway 29, Opelika, Ala.; Bonnie Kirby, 31, of 4106 County Road 278, Five Points, Ala.
Hunt and Bales Jr. both allegedly had in their possession a substantial amount of "finished" meth as well as other evidence, police said. Both have been charged with possession of controlled substances and unlawful manufacturing of controlled substances. They each had previous arrest histories, police said.
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Kirby was also charged with unlawful manufacturing of controlled substances. Upon her arrest police discovered she was on probation for felony theft and has had previous convictions for felony possession of controlled substances and possession of marijuana.
All three subjects were taken to the Chambers County Detention Facility.
The Chambers County Sheriff's Office, the Alabama State Troopers communication division and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were also involved in this investigation.
To report any drug crime in the City of Valley, call 334-759-5200 or the Greater Valley CrimeStoppers tip line at 334-756-8200.