Eight people were arrested for their connection to a meth cooking operation, inside of a residence on Kristen Drive in Lafayette, last week.
The joint investigation between the Lafayette Police Department and the Macon County Sheriffs Department began after a minor car accident in the industrial park area resulted in the discovery of items reported stolen from the Lafayette Elementary School maintenance building.
“Among the items we found were a generator hidden in the weeds, a weed eater and a gas can,” said Lafayette Police Department Lieutenant Jason Roberts.
One of three people involved in the accident, an unidentified female, remained at the scene when police arrive. The other two – later identified as Jasper Linville and Nicholas Tubbs – had fled before authorities arrived.
After releasing the stolen items back to Lafayette Elementary School, officers began searching for Linville and Tubbs which led them to a home on Kristen Drive in Lafayette, where Linville was said to be residing.
Inside, authorities discovered meth was actively being cooked in the home and finished product was being stored in the freezer.
The renter of the home, 27-year-old Terrisa Green, was arrested by authorities.
“The house was immediately quarantined and the Department of Children’s Services was contacted due to a 7-year-old child residing in the home,” stated Lieutenant Roberts.
While interviewing Linville and Tubbs about the stolen items found from LES, authorities received information that three suspects – Tiffany Bradley, Rachel Ray and Tyler West – were at the quarantined residence.
When authorities pulled the trio over, a search of their vehicle led to the discovery of pills, methamphetamine and a pistol.
A Budget Inn hotel key was also found inside the vehicle, and when police unlocked the door, two individuals – Justin Conroy and Tara Hall – were in the room, along with more methamphetamine, pills and marijuana.
A total of over 80 grams of finished methamphetamine was seized by law enforcement, along with one pistol, a small amount of marijuana, pipes, needles, scales, rolling papers, and a chemical cutting agent.
“We have reason to believe based on the evidence gathered throughout our investigation that meth was being manufactured for the purpose of resale,” Lieutenant Roberts remarked.
Roberts explained that it is the homeowner’s responsibility to get the quarantined home tested and cleaned before the quarantine can be released.
The charges and bonds for each of the eight suspects linked to the meth cooking operation are as follows:
Jasper Linville – $30,000 bond – burglary (2 counts), theft of property, child abuse and manufacture of narcotics
Nicholas Tubbs – $15,000 bond – auto burglary, burglary and theft over $1,000
Terrisa Green – $15,000 bond – child endangerment and manufacture of narcotics
Rachel Ray – $22,000 bond – manufacture of narcotics, possession of firearm during a violent felony, financial responsibility violation, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a schedule II drug, possession of a schedule VI drug, possession of a schedule IV drug and manufacture/delivery/possession of methamphetamine.
Tiffany Bradley – $20,000 bond – possession of a firearm, manufacture/possession/delivery of meth, possession of a schedule VII/VIII drug, possession of a schedule II drug, possession of a schedule VI drug and possession of a schedule IV drug
Tyler West – $20,000 bond – violation of probation, possession of a schedule II drug, possession of a schedule VI drug, possession of a schedule IV drug, manufacture of narcotics, possession of a firearm during a violent felony and manufacture/possession/delivery of meth
Justin Conroy – $10,500 bond – possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a schedule II drug, possession of a schedule VI drug and possession of a schedule IV drug
Tara Hall – $10,500 bond – possession of a schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a schedule VI drug and possession of a schedule IV drug
All are scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on November 23, 2016.