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February 20, 2010

2 Phelan men arrested on meth charges

CULLMAN — Two Phelan residents were arrested last week for alleged meth manufacturing and chemical endangerment of a child.

Michael O’Neal Hurst, 48, was charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance in the first degree, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and chemical endangerment of a child. Christopher Heath Isbell, 34, was charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance in the first degree, chemical endangerment of a child and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

The arrests occurred at Hurst’s County Road 702 residence on Feb. 12, and were carried out by Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) agents.

“CNET conducted an investigation about drug transactions taking place at the house,” Cullman County Sheriff Tyler Roden said. “Both individuals were at the residence. While agents were there, they discovered the men were in possession of a inactive meth lab.”

Roden said the meth lab had been used, and was likely brought to the house from somewhere else.

“It was a portion of a lab used at a secondary location,” he said. “Investigators believe that they had just recently made meth.”

Hurst’s two children, both six-years-old, were also at the residence, Roden said.

“The Department of Human Resources was called to facilitate the transfer of the children,” he said.

Approximately 9 grams of meth, as well as various chemicals used in the manufacturing of meth, were also reportedly found at the scene.

Both Isbell and Hurst are currently incarcerated at the Cullman County Detention Center on a $1 million bond.

Unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance in the first degree is a Class A felony, punishable by up to life in prison. Unlawful distribution of a controlled substance is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Chemical endangerment of a child and unlawful possession of a controlled substance are Class C felonies, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

* Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at trentm@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 225.

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