By Benjamin Bullard
The Cullman Times
Four men are in the Cullman County detention center following a methamphetamine bust late Thursday at a home near a Lake Catoma subdivision.
Each faces a charge of second-degree unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, as well as additional drug-related charges. Police said the case is still under investigation, and they aren’t releasing details about the manufacturing charges until evidence at the scene has been processed.
Acting on a tip Thursday evening, investigators with the multi-agency Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) visited a home on County Road 1413, arresting Daniel Jacob Hays, 36, and William Jason Hays, 32, two brothers living at the residence.
Two other men whom police believe had also been staying at the home, 43 year-old Kenneth Richard Pace and 51 year-old Ellis Glenn Purdy, were also taken into custody. Pace was already wanted on a manufacturing warrant and had been targeted in last month’s countywide narcotics roundup, but had managed to evade police until Thursday’s bust.
“CNET received a complaint from the public, and through the investigation that followed, they obtained enough information to be able to serve a search warrant on this home,” said assistant Cullman police chief Craig Green Friday. “We have had complaints from the public concerning this house in the past, and we were looking for Kenneth Pace when the roundup was active a month ago.
“Once entry was made into the house, a quantity of methamphetamine was recovered. Two of the men had methamphetamine on their person, and there was also marijuana recovered in the home, and some prescription medication for which there was no prescription. All four gentlemen are in jail now.”
Pace faces two counts of unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance and a single count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Purdy faces unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Daniel Hays was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a drug paraphernalia.
William Hays was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
No bond had been set for any of the suspects Friday.
Green said the arrests reflect a lot of dedication from the city and county narcotics officers who make up the CNET team.
“I know for a fact that CNET agents started out yesterday morning and did not get home until 2 a.m. today,” he said late Friday. “And, they were back at work this morning before 8 a.m. They work hard and they are very dedicated, so, really, it’s hard to thank those guys enough for what they do.”
Benjamin Bullard can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 734-2131 ext. 270.