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3 arrested
in meth raid

Woman Tasered while trying to flee from drug agents

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com · 340-2355

LACEY’S SPRING — Drug agents zapped a woman with a Taser when she tried to flee custody following a raid on a meth lab Tuesday afternoon, said Chief Deputy Mike Corley of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department.

Shasta Danielle Finley, 22, of 76 Hammer Drive, Lacey’s Spring, and two other people were inside the house at 1063 Telephone Tower Road when agents showed up with a search warrant at about 4:30 p.m., Corley said.

“They had a cable across that driveway, so we used the helicopter as a distraction, hovering right over the house while we cut the cable and officers approached the house. The helicopter kept an overhead view to make sure no one fled the house,” Corley said.

Agents arrested Finley, Michael Brandon Garner, 19, of 551 Rockvale Road, Morgan City, and a 19-year-old Huntsville man.

“They had them outside the house, and they had handcuffs on them,” Corley said. “She (Finley) was able to slip her hands out of them and tried to get into a vehicle to flee, and they had to deploy the Taser on her to restrain her.”

Corley said agents called in a cleanup crew to deal with the chemical hazard posed by the methamphetamine lab found in the master bedroom and kitchen, and all suspects underwent a decontamination process.

Corley said the house belongs to 40-year-old Timothy Brown, but Brown was not home during the Morgan County Drug Task Force’s third meth-related raid at his house.

Investigators will obtain a warrant for his arrest on a charge of first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance based on Tuesday’s search.

Agents jailed Finley and Garner on charges of making meth and resisting arrest. Finley also faces charges of third-degree escape and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Finley and Garner remained in Morgan County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of $11,350 and $10,300 bonds, respectively.

The other man caught at the house faces a charge of loitering in a drug house.

The Sheriff’s Department thanked the community for tips about Brown and for helping agents gather intelligence on his house.

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