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Drug unit arrests couple for allegedly operating meth lab

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — A complaint about children living in a home with an alleged crystal methamphetamine lab led to the arrest of an Athens couple Friday night, an investigator said.

Inactive lab

Limestone drug investigator Lance Royals, with the Limestone-Athens Drug Unit, said the unit found an inactive lab at 16225 Wales Road, Athens, on Friday.

Authorities arrested Troy Jackson Crumbley, 31, and his wife, Lindsey Michelle Crumbley, 27, charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia.

"We could smell where they had cooked it the night before, and I looked at the wife and said, 'This isn't good,' " Royals said.

The Department of Human Resources took the couple's four children into custody.

Two were at home and two at school when authorities arrested the parents.

"They had gotten rid of the major chemicals, but the smell was still strong and some items needed to make meth were still in the home," Royals said.

The couple is in the county jail with bond pending. Royals said Troy Crumbley was on parole for previous drug charges.

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