Tip leads to meth lab in northern Jefferson County

Materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. (AP File Photo)

A tip from a person arrested for outstanding warrants sent Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies on a search for two meth labs.

Deputies arrested a wanted man Tuesday at a metal recycling business in West Jefferson County. Upon questioning the individual, deputies were able to obtain information regarding the possible location of two area methamphetamine labs.

The first location, in the 3500 block of Gobbler's Nob Road, deputies encountered Chastity Jones and James Michael Hodges, who proceeded to give false names in an attempt to avoid being arrested for outstanding warrants.

After discovering their actual identities, both were arrested for Obstructing Justice with False Identity and were taken to the Jefferson County Jail. Deputies did not find a meth lab at the location.

Upon arriving at the second possible meth lab location, in the 1800 block of Sardis Road, deputies found evidence of an old meth lab and materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. At that time, a narcotics team was called to the scene to take over the investigation.

As a result of the investigation, Jones, 24, of Warrior, had charges of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and two counts of Failure to Appear added to her earlier charge of Obstructing Justice.

She remains in jail without bond.

Hodges, 40, of Gardendale, was not charged in connection to the meth lab discovery and was released from jail after posting a $2,500 bond for his Obstructing Justice charge.