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Cash, cocaine found after raid in Reid community

By Ronnie Thomas · 340-2438

ATHENS — Seven officers awakened a man and his girlfriend Saturday morning when they crashed through the door of their home at 16261 Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road.

Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said Lawrence ReShay “Shay” Farris, 28, and Lauren Styles, 21, were arrested after
the 7:15 a.m. raid. Authorities charged them with trafficking cocaine.

About 5 ounces

Blakely said a search of the house in the Reid community, between Reid and Tanner, turned up about five ounces of powder cocaine, valued between $7,000 and $8,000, $7,918 cash, two scales and an automatic pistol that Styles claimed.

“They were asleep and naked, and we handed them some clothes before they got up,” Blakely said. “It was one of the cleanest drug houses you’ll ever see.”

Lance Royals, Limestone County drug investigator, said finding the cash was easy but detecting the cocaine took longer.

“When Shay turned over to get up, he tossed a red bath towel to the floor containing the money: several bundles rolled up with rubber bands around them,” he said.

“He was sleeping with it, I guess, because he had been previously robbed.”

Officers found packages of cocaine inside two 12-ounce soda cans and a 14-ounce hairspray can in the bathroom.

Blakely said Styles told officers she was a hair stylist.

“(Farris) has no known employment other than drug dealer,” the sheriff said.

“He deals in nothing but powdered cocaine, and we’ve spent a lot of time trying to catch him. He’s a major cocaine dealer in the county.”

Royals said the cocaine sells from between $1,400 and $1,600 an ounce.

“It’s expensive because it’s scarce, because there have been so many large cocaine busts in major cities recently,” he said.

Blakely said his department spends most of its time with crystal methamphetamine and crack.

On Saturday’s raid, he said, Athens police drug investigator Johnny Morell assisted him and his deputies.

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