5 arrested during meth lab bust at Curry home
by Elane Jones
May 23, 2013 | 5838 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Law enforcement authorities announced Wednesday that five people were taken into custody Tuesday night after an active methamphetamine lab was discovered inside a mobile home in Curry.

Walker County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Chuck Tidwell said those arrested were taken into custody around 9 p.m. Tuesday inside a residence in a mobile home park located on Smith Lake Dam Road, just off Alabama Highway 257 in Curry.

All five have been charged with first-degree unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Those arrested were:

•Tera Jean Blenkinsop, 38, of 187 Smith Lake Dam Road, Lot 3, Jasper.

•Timothy Randall Gilmore, 53, 109 Shorty Lane, Jasper.

•Keith Edwin Tolbert, 114 Bevill Drive, Cordova.

•Rodney Dewayne Boshell, 40, 2200 West 21 St., Jasper.

•Merri Susan Herald, 39, 66 Pocahontas Road, Carbon Hill.

Tidwell said the Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous phone call Tuesday evening regarding a strange odor coming from the area where these individuals were arrested.

“Sheriff Patrol Deputy Allen Grace and myself responded to the call and checked out the area, and we determined the smell of the strange odor was coming from this particular residence,” Tidwell said. “We knocked on the door and Mr. Tolbert came to door. The odor coming from inside the home was pretty stout and we could see several items used in making meth lying around in plain view.”

Tidwell said when they entered the residence people starting rushing to a bedroom in the back of the house to avoid being arrested, but to no avail. The scene was quickly secured, and everyone was taken into custody and subsequently transported to the Walker County Jail.

“We discovered a working lab inside the residence and lots of paraphernalia. No one required medical attention, so we took everyone to jail,” Tidwell said. “We also learned Mr. Boshell had an outstanding warrant against him for failing to appear on previous charges of trafficking and manufacturing meth, and Ms. Blenkinsop also had an outstanding warrant against her for failing to appear on previous drug charges as well.”