Shake and Bake Meth Lab Arrest on Co Rd 22


On Monday February 2, 2010 the Cherokee Narcotics Unit put out a BOLO that was received from the DeKalb County DTF. According to Agent Jimmy Jones (DeKalb DTF) the listed persons driving an early 90's model Black Ford F-150 were in Dekalb County "smurfing" (a street term used for purchasing supplies to manufacture methamphetamine) pseudo-ephedrine pills in order to manufacture methamphetamine. Later in the day CNU Agents spotted the same vehicle as previously described by Agent Jones traveling south on County Road 22. As agents tried to stop the vehicle the driver Gregory Alan Taliaferro tried to elude but was boxed in by the Agents. As Taliaferro was stopped Phillip Gregory Hass exited the truck and threw a reaction vessel containing ingredients used to make methamphetamine into a small stream. Both subjects were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Hass later informed corrections officers that he had swallowed methamphetamine during the stop and had to be taken to the emergency room for treatment of a possible overdose. This case is a prime example of the "Vendors Voluntary Compliance Program." Sheriff Shaver and the Cherokee Narcotics Unit wishes Vendors in Cherokee County would utilize in this county to try and identify and apprehend violators here. This particular information in this case came from Dekalb County vendors which resulted in the arrest of two methamphetamine manufacturers. Clifton encourages vendors in Cherokee County to call the Narcotics Unit anytime someone is suspected of purchasing precursor chemicals at their businesses. This arrest was made under the "The Cherokee County Drug Enhancement Program", a program which is funded by a $300,000.00 Federal Grant Allocation. The federal funding comes via the newly established Recovery Act by the Department of Justice, BJA-OJP. Sheriff, Jeff Shaver Charles "Chas" Clifton Cherokee County Narcotics Unit (CNU) 110 Cedar Bluff Road Centre, AL 35960 (256) 927-3365 (Sheriff