The Tuscaloosa Sheriff's Office says they have arrested two men after they detected a meth lab during a house fire.
Deputies responded Friday evening to the Peterson Water Department when they received a report of water being stolen at a residence in the 11000 block of Recreation Area Road. Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue was at the scene of the residence when they arrived due to a house fire.
Deputies say they detected the odor of a possible meth lab and were able to confirm the smell with a firefighter at the scene. Further investigation revealed the remains of a recently active meth lab along with marijuana, drug paraphernalia and GHB.
West Alabama Narcotics Task Force agents were called in to assist deputies and Tuscaloosa County Animal Control responded to take custody of two dogs at the residence.
41-year-old Johnny Truman Brown and 29-year-old Timothy David Jones each face one charge of 1st degree manufacturing a controlled substance and a char of possession of drug paraphernalia. Brown faces an additional charge of 2nd degree criminal tampering and 3rd degree criminal trespass. Jones faces a charge for 2nd degree possession of marijuana. Charges related to the possession of GHB are pending the outcome of testing by the crime lab.
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