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May 18, 2013

Six facing drug charges in separate arrests across county

Charges include meth manufacturing, marijuana trafficking

Four people were arrested on multiple charges, including meth manufacturing, after deputies responded to a possible burglary-in-progress call around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Danny Ryans, 29, Jerry Robinson, 35, Diahn Peterson, 47, and Destiny Madaia Devlin, 19, of Jasper, were arrested on Chad Drive in Lot 19C Thursday morning. Cullman County Sheriff Mike Rainey said the Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) was also involved in the arrests.

“After deputies responded, they immediately smelled a strong chemical odor coming from the mobile home in reference to the possible burglary in progress,” Rainey said. “Whoever called in said the residence was vacant and believed someone was manufacturing illegal drugs while inside.”

Rainey said the deputies witnessed two subjects run behind a nearby trailer and hide from officers. After a short foot pursuit, both subjects were apprehended around 3:30 a.m.

“The female subject [Devlin] was uncooperative and wouldn’t give correct identification,” Rainey said. “After getting background information on her, deputies found her true identity and that she had active warrants on her out of the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, one being a probation violation.”

Rainey said that Devlin had left a rehab facility without permission where she was court ordered to stay. She was charged with obstruction, using a false identification and attempting to elude officers. Ryans was arrested under the same charges, as well as a controlled substance crime.

“After the deputies placed those two under arrest and had them in custody, they went back to the mobile home on Chad Drive,” Rainey said. “The two in custody said they purchased meth from that location.”

Deputies called CNET, and agents were able to obtain a search warrant for the residence. After serving the warrant, deputies and CNET members found two coffee filters with residue on them which tested positive for methamphetamine, a pint size glass jar with residue that also tested positive for methamphetamine, salt, muriatic acid, a cold pack, and a crystal heat drain opener. Mixed chemicals were also located in the bathtub inside the master bedroom, Rainey said.

“At that time, they located the two occupants of the trailer that were hiding next door in another residence,” Rainey said. “They admitted to being in the home, manufacturing meth, and had possession of methampetamine on their person.”

Robinson and Peterson were both charged with two counts of unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance.

All four suspects are being held at the Cullman County Detention Center. Ryans and Devlin are being held on - bond, while Robinson and Peterson are each being held on $2 million bonds.

“I want to thank the patrol deputies and CNET who are making arrests and keeping us safe at all hours,” Rainey said.

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