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TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2007

Meth labs found near children
Lawrence deputies arrest Moulton man, Trinity woman on drug charges

By Kristen Bishop 340-2443

MOULTON — Lawrence County authorities arrested a Moulton man and a Trinity woman during the weekend after discovering meth labs at a home where the woman was raising her two young daughters, said the county's top drug officer.

Tony Ray Borden, 41, of 16361 Lawrence County 7, Moulton, had been living and cooking methamphetamine in a storage shed in Trinity since May 7, when authorities raided his meth-making operation at his camper near the Landersville Community, said Drug Task Force Commander Amard Martin.

Borden was not home during the first drug raid, and police had been looking for him for two weeks before finding out he was continuing his operation across the Morgan County line, authorities said.

Lawrence County officials notified the Trinity police, who assisted in Friday night's investigation and subsequent arrests.

Sheriff's deputies pulled over a vehicle leaving the Trinity home Friday and charged driver Nancy LaShell Kirby, 25, of 522 Ghost Hill Road, Trinity, for failing to use child restraints.

Kirby's two daughters, ages 3 and 7, were in the car with her. Deputies also found that her driver license was revoked and that Decatur police had warrants for her arrest, said Martin.

Drug Task Force agents got permission to search the residence while taking Kirby and the children home. Borden was standing outside of the storage shed when officers arrived, said Martin.

"(Kirby) started blowing the horn, telling him to run when we pulled up, and he took off," said Martin. "We chased him through the woods and lost him. So, of course, when we got back, we placed her under arrest for hindering apprehension."

While searching the mobile home and shed, authorities found a meth lab in Kirby's bedroom and another one in the storage shed where Borden was staying, said Martin.

Kirby's failure to protect her children while driving quickly became the least of her concerns, said Martin. Failing to protect her children from a dangerous mix of chemicals in the same room they play in resulted in two automatic felony charges — first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance and drug endangerment — in Morgan County, he said.

The manufacturing charge is increased from a second-degree to a first-degree offense if children are living at the home or if the lab is within 500 feet of another residence.

Martin said the two girls are living with a relative pending an investigation by the Department of Human Resources. The child-protection agency was already investigating Kirby following a 2004 manufacturing charge, he said.

Kirby remained in Morgan County Jail on Monday in lieu of $130,000 bond.

Borden turned himself in to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department on Sunday where he faces charges of second-degree manufacturing, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony possession of anhydrous ammonia, an ingredient used to make meth.

Many meth cooks extract anhydrous ammonia from cleaning products because it cannot be legally purchased in its pure form, but Borden was using the real stuff at his lab in Lawrence County, said Martin.

Borden's bond is set at $41,000, but the Lawrence County Jail will likely hold him for violating the conditions of his Community Corrections program, said Martin.

Borden will also face charges in Morgan County for the meth labs in Trinity, but authorities have not officially charged him, pending further investigation, he said.

Martin said Borden denied any knowledge of those two meth labs during questioning.

The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is assisting in the investigation.

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