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Sheriff says raid yields meth lab, explosives

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

HARTSELLE — A man's failure to pay child support led to his meth lab being raided by drug agents, Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett said.

Bartlett said Jason Brett Anders, 32, could also face federal charges due to firearms and explosives that agents discovered inside his 4198 Barkley Bridge Road home Sunday.

When deputies went to Anders' house to arrest him on a warrant for contempt of court, they saw evidence indicating Anders had a methamphetamine laboratory inside the house, Bartlett said.

The Morgan County Drug Task Force searched the house and found meth-making materials as well as guns and explosives, Bartlett said.

Agents charged Anders with manufacturing of a controlled substance. A 31-year-old woman also was arrested and charged with possessing drug paraphernalia.

Anders remained in Morgan County Jail on Monday in lieu of $10,000 bond on the manufacturing charge and $16,283 in child support.

Anders is a convicted felon, Bartlett said.

Bartlett said his department would forward the information about weapons found in his possession to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for consideration by the U.S. attorney's office.

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