Meth lab busted by Task Force
By By Connie Nowlin Special to The Standard
An ongoing investigation into drug activity paid off for the 21st Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force and officers of the Alabama Probation and Parole office.
Together they executed a warrant to search 3192 Bell Creek Road in Atmore, the home of Kelly Bryan. The agents recovered items used in the manufacture of crystal methamphetamines, controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.
The warrant was executed about 12:30 p.m. Sept. 24.
It has become increasingly difficult for manufacturers of methamphetamine to get anhydrous ammonia, so some have developed a method of producing it themselves. Several of this type of items were recovered from the Bell Creek Road address.
Bryan was already on probation for trafficking in crystal methamphetamine and was arrested and now faces additional charges of unlawful manufacturing of controlled substances, two charges of unlawful possession of controlled substances and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Agents with the task force said Bryan will have to serve the remainder of his probation, three years, and additional time on state and federal charges if he is convicted of the new charges.
Bryan is being held in the Escambia County jail in Brewton.
The 21st Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force is comprised of the following law enforcement agencies; Escambia County Sheriff's Dept., Atmore Police Dept., East Brewton Police Dept., Brewton Police Dept., Flomaton Police Dept., Escambia County District Attorney's Office and the Escambia County Commission.
The Task Force receives 75 percent of its funding from a grant funded by the Bureau of Justice Affairs Division of the United States Department of Justice and which is administered by the Alabama Dept. of Economic and Community Affairs. The remaining funding is provided by the Escambia County Sheriff's Dept., Atmore Police Dept., Brewton Police Dept., Escambia County District Attorney's Office.