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December 26, 2009

Four arrested in recent meth busts

CULLMAN — Three Cullman County residents were arrested recently in two meth busts at neighboring homes.

Anthony S. Wren, 38, Kelly M. Marti, 31, and Brian E. Guthery, 32, were arrested and charged with manufacturing of a controlled substance in the second degree.

The arrests occurred at the Wren residence and Guthery residence on County Road 397, in the Valley Grove community, at approximately 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14.

Cullman County Sheriff Tyler Roden said deputies first found chemicals related to meth manufacturing at the Wren residence.

“They found various chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, which included a large quantity of ephedrine pills,” he said.

While deputies were at the scene, Roden said Marti arrived at the residence with more chemicals.

“An individual, Marti, came to the residence with more ephedrine pills to use in the manufacturing,” he said.

When deputies searched the nearby Guthery residence, more meth manufacturing chemicals were allegedly found, as well as 1.5 grams of meth.

Roden said the arrests are the result of a month-long investigation.

“We received information these activities were going on from concerned citizens,” he said. “Deputies and CNET agents began to investigate and were able to establish probable cause for search warrants.”

Wren, Marti and Guthery are currently being held at the Cullman County Detention Center, each with a $1 million bond.

Unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance in the second degree is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

In an unrelated case Michael Raye Batemon, 33, of Walter, was arrested on Dec. 17 on two counts of distribution of a controlled substance by the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Tony Quick said the sheriff’s office had received information that Batemon was selling meth from his home in the Walter community.

“The Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), along with the sheriff’s office, had received numerous complaints regarding the possibility of Batemon selling drugs,” Quick said.

After an investigation that lasted several months, Quick said enough evidence was eventually gathered for an indictment to be issued for Batemon’s arrest.

“CNET was able to develop enough information to present evidence to the grand jury,” he said.

Batemon has since been released from the Cullman County Detention Center on bond.

Unlawful distribution of a controlled substance is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 20 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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