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Man arrested after alleged meth lab explosion

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

LACEY'S SPRING — A man whose home burned in an apparent meth lab explosion faces charges of manufacturing the drug, Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett said Thursday.

A judge set bail for Timothy Gene Brown at more than $500,000. Brown, 40, has previously been arrested by the sheriff's department on charges of making meth.

Bartlett said agents found methamphetamine in Brown's possession when they arrested him following an investigation into the 10 a.m. blaze Wednesday.

When investigators arrived on the scene, the house was still on fire.

Brindlee Mountain volunteer firefighters pointed out fiery areas they were unable to extinguish. Drug agents believed chemicals caused the recurring fires, Bartlett said.

Agents also found items used for making methamphetamine, Bartlett said. Drug agents conducted at least three raids on Brown's 1063 Telephone Tower Road home before Wednesday's fire destroyed it. The most recent raid was May 29, after which agents arrested Brown and three others.

Brown remained in Morgan County Jail late Thursday.

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