Meth lab discovered while serving warrant

Posted April 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm

On Saturday, April 20, Albany Police Officer Jim Guffey found an active meth lab while attempting to serve a probation violation warrant on Calvin J. Davis of Byrdstown, Tenn.

The lab was found in apartment 14 of the Albany Heights (Commons) complex and was completely evacuated. At the time of Guffey’s search, three occupants were inside the apartment. Guffey removed the persons from the apartment due to the strong odor of chemicals coming from within and called for backup.

The Albany Fire Department, along with the Clinton County EMS responded to the scene.

During Guffey’s initial search, Davis fled the scene which led to a foot chase. He was apprehended in the vicinity of Albany Lumber.

Albany Police Chief Ernest Guffey, along with Albany Police Officer Ricky Marcum and Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputy Howard Barnett assisted in the investigation.

Also on scene was Kentucky State Trooper David Long and Officer Tony Wells of the Kentucky State Police Drug Task Force, who neutralized the lab and conducted the clean up.

In a press release issued by the Albany Police Department, a field test was conducted on the scene of the product inside the apartment and a positive result for methamphetamine was found.

Three people where charged and arrested including Davis. Davis was charged with giving an officer a false name or address, fleeing or evading police in the first degree, seven counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree, four counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer in the first degree, possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, unlawful possession of meth pre-cursor, tampering with physical evidence, manufacturing methamphetamine, and criminal mischief in the first degree. He was also charged with a probation violation (drug related) from Byrdstown.

Also arrested Saturday were J.T. Mishler and Billy G. Brown, both of Albany. Both were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth pre-cursor and possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, first offense.