Opelika crime: 15 arrested in round up

A Monday round up across east Alabama of suspects accused of buying ingredients to make methamphetamine netted 15 arrests, the Opelika Police Department said.

The suspects — ranging in age from 18 to 46 — face charges of unlawful possession of a precursor. They’re accused of buying more than six grams of pseudoephedrine, which is often found in cold medicine, in a month, said Capt. Allan Elkins.

Pseudoephedrine is an ingredient used to make meth.

During the round up, authorities found two “shake and bake” meth labs in Lee County, Elkins said.

The arrests stemmed from an investigation that began in April. Auburn police, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Russell County Drug Task Force, the Chambers County Drug Task Force and the state probation office assisted in the round up, Elkins said.

Authorities still have 30 outstanding warrants for people facing similar charges.