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Drug unit arrests man with cocaine in sock, 3 others with meth

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — A man with cocaine hidden in a sock, two men tailed by investigators after leaving a meth lab and the lab owner are in jail on drug charges, Limestone Sheriff Mike Blakely said.

The four arrests occurred after two different incidents, one Tuesday and another Wednesday.

Blakely said the Tuesday arrest happened after Huntsville investigators asked members of the Limestone-Athens Drug Unit about Cordney Crutcher, 31, of 22850 Pepper Road, Athens. Blakely said the investigators wanted to question him about a crime in Huntsville.

"When they go in to talk to him, they found that he had 41/2 ounces of cocaine rolled up in a sock," Blakely said.

The drug unit charged Crutcher with trafficking cocaine. He was in jail Thursday on $40,000 bond.

3 meth arrests

The other three arrests happened Wednesday evening after the drug unit served a search warrant in Elkmont, Blakely said.

The search warrant was for the home of Michael Anthony Morris, 25, of 23658 Upper Fort Hampton Road, the sheriff said. Morris allegedly had crystal methamphetamine, the items needed to make meth, pills and marijuana, Blakely said.

The drug unit charged him with manufacturing a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, first-degree illegal possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was in jail Thursday on a partial bond of $16,000. The bond for manufacturing was not set.

Athens drug investigator Johnny Morell said the unit also followed a vehicle that left Morris' home and made a traffic stop on Elm Street in Athens.

The two occupants had meth, he said.

Blakely identified those men as Michael Joe Hargrove, 50, of 25643 Sand Springs Road, Athens, and Jason Loren Murrah, 32, of 1510 Lindsay Lane, Athens.

Hargrove was in jail Thursday in lieu of $7,000 bond, charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree illegal possession of marijuana.

Murrah was in jail Thursday in lieu of $6,000 bond, charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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