Macon County Chronicle

Children Rescued from Meth House

Officers from the Macon County Sheriffs Department arrested 20-year-old Ashley Elizabeth Taylor and her boyfriend 21-year-old Robert Alan Phillips Jr., on Wednesday, November 17, after discovering that the couple was manufacturing methamphetamine in their trailer, located at 818 Ward Lane.

According to detective Bill Cothron, time was of the essence in obtaining a search warrant for the property as authorities were especially concerned about the safety of Taylor’s two children, a one-year-old and a three-year-old, that also resided at the residence.

“The Macon County Sheriffs Department worked an investigation at 818 Ward Lane for three weeks and learned yesterday that children were living at the residence amongst an active meth manufacturing lab,” Cothron stated. “Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons and Chief Stacy Gann called us in to execute a search warrant on the property on November 17th.”

Upon entry, Cothron noted that Phillips fled through the back door but, after a short foot pursuit, was apprehended by officers. Taylor, who had ran into a back bedroom, was also detained.

During their search officers found several components of a meth lab, chemicals in the process of production of methamphetamines, trash from previous methamphetamine production, recipes for the production of methamphetamine, receipts for precursors, a loaded pistol, marijuana and paraphernalia associated with the sale of methamphetamine and marijuana. Video surveillance equipment was also discovered at the residence, with the video camera located high in a tree next to the home.

Perhaps the most disturbing thing found in the home by authorities though, went beyond the drugs themselves.

“The childrens’ clothes and toys were in close proximity to the finished product and the chemicals used to make meth were in reach of the children,” Cothron remarked.

While executing the search warrant at 818 Ward Lane, authorities found additional information that a second meth manufacturing operation was located at 815 Ward Lane, where steady traffic and the odor of chemicals around outbuildings had been observed.

After being granted the green light for a search warrant of the suspicious property, officers found three shake-and-bake meth labs in two outbuildings on November 17th, the same day they discovered Taylor and Phillips’ meth operation.

“The investigation is continuing regarding the person(s) producing meth at this location,” Cothron stated.

Taylor and Phillips were both charged with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and promotion of methamphetamine manufacture. Bond was set at $50,000. A General Sessions Court date has been set for November 24, 2010 and additional charges are pending.