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May 14, 2013

Police find meth lab in truck tool box, 2 arrested

CULLMAN — Cullman County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two travelers on County Road 222 after finding a meth lab in their vehicle’s toolbox during a traffic stop at 11:58 p.m. on Thursday.

Brian Thomas McBride, 34, of Collierville, Tennessee and Tracy Michelle Dunsford, 43, of Arley were arrested after Deputy Justin Howse pulled over McBride’s white Ford pick-up and Howse said they began acting suspiciously while he talked to them, Director of Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) Joey Cone reported.

“The two became more and more nervous while Deputy Howse spoke to them, so he asked to search their vehicle and they consented,” Cone said. “Deputy Bates arrived on scene and assisted in the search of the vehicle.”

Cone reported the deputies found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia including straws with methamphetamine residue, glass pipes and digital scales. In the toolbox on back of the vehicle, Deputies found a backpack with a meth lab and meth lab material inside of it including: Coleman camp fuel, rock salt, ammonium nitrate, lithium batteries, a plastic bottle with clear liquid and a unknown substance inside of it, and a bottle with a brown liquid inside of it. CNET was then called to the scene and transported the hazardous material for proper disposal.

Both McBride and Dunsford were arrested for unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance in the first degree, which is a Class-A felony.

Both are being held at the Cullman County Detention Center on $1 million bonds.

* Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 270.


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