2 in Oak Grove facing meth charges

Friday, February 3, 2012

OAK GROVE -- A woman wanted on a warrant for failure to pay, and her roommate, were taken into custody last week after authorities reportedly found meth manufacturing components in their Oak Grove residence along with the woman's infant child.

The child, say authorities, was turned over to the Department of Human Services (DHS).

Leslye Allred, 26, was booked into jail for possession of drug paraphernalia, exposing a child to a chemical substance or methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture, possession of a controlled substance, and failure to pay.

Jeffery Gardner, 25, was booked in for possession of drug paraphernalia, exposing a child to a chemical substance or methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture, and possession of a controlled substance.

The arrests were the result of an attempt to serve a warrant on Allred for failure to pay. According to a press release from Capt. Alan Hoos, with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, county deputies went to the Oak Grove home where she was staying on Friday, Jan. 27.

He said Gardner greeted deputies at the door and said he was the caretaker of the residence. When the deputies asked if Allred was inside, Gardner reportedly said she wasn't and allowed the deputies to search.

"Upon entering the residence, Deputy Juan Cribbs observed a small infant in the living room area," said Hoos. "Deputy Jerry Williams, who was outside the residence, notified Cribbs by radio that he had seen Allred in the rear of the residence through a window running from room to room."

Hoos said while the deputies were looking for Allred, they observed items of drug paraphernalia in plain view throughout the house, including items of paraphernalia that led them to believe that methamphetamine was being manufactured at the residence.

He said Allred was located and taken into custody on the warrant, the house was cleared of all occupants, and investigators and DHS personnel were called to the scene.

The investigators, Hoos said, located the owner of the residence who gave authorities consent to search. He said items collected as evidence included several that are commonly used in the manufacturing of meth and several items of drug paraphernalia.

According to jail records, Allred and Gardner are being held on a $100,000 bond each.

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