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Agents: 3 children found in meth lab raid

By Chris Paschenko
DAILY Staff Writer

cpaschenko@decaturdaily.com 340-2442

PRICEVILLE — Three people remained in custody Monday after drug agents found three children inside a home allegedly used to cook methamphetamine.

Agents with the Morgan County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant Friday at the 610 Tall Pine Road residence of Travis Earl Smith, 29, and Belinda Doris Williams, 21.

The residence is in the Priceville police jurisdiction.

Investigators with the Sheriff's Department and Priceville police assisted in the search, which found seven people inside, including a Somerville woman, her infant and toddler sons and a neighbor's daughter.

Task Force Sgt. George Rutherford charged Smith and Williams with first-degree manufacture of methamphetamine.

"The toxic fumes coming from the trailer were pretty strong," said Rutherford, prompting agents to use their gas masks to enter the home.

Agents confiscated methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and scales.

"When we pulled up, one ran out the back door," Rutherford said. "Another wanted to get rid of the dope so bad he busted a widow and threw it outside."

At the time of his arrest, Smith was free on a $50,000 bond for a February charge of making meth, Rutherford said.

Authorities also arrested Steven Edward Greer, 39, of 308 Larkwood Drive S.W., Decatur, at the scene. Greer faces charges of possessing meth, obstructing justice by using a false identity, second-degree possession of a forged instrument and loitering in a drug house.

The Department of Human Resources took custody of the infant and toddler.

Authorities released their mother Saturday after she posted a $2,800 bond on misdemeanor charges of loitering in a drug house and failure to appear in court on a domestic violence charge.

Rutherford said the third child, a 12- or 13-year-old girl, lived in the trailer park. Agents allowed her to return to her home.

Smith, Williams and Greer remained Monday at Morgan County Jail on bonds of $75,000, $50,000 and $1,800, respectively.

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