Morgan County Drug Task Force searching for narcotics suspect

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UPDATE: Morgan County Sheriff reports the suspect is now in custody.

Narcotics Agents with the Morgan County Drug Task Force are searching for a man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking heroin, and possessing methamphetamine and several types of commonly-abused prescription medication.

James Reid Sharpe, of Somerville, AL, is wanted for arrest on the charges of: Manufacturing Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Trafficking in Heroin, and several counts of Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance. The total bond amount exceeds $200,000.00.

James Reid Sharpe, of Somerville, AL

According to the sheriff’s office, agents searched his home in the 1200 block of Morrow Mountain Rd. on June 18. They had learned that drug activity was likely occurring at the residence, which led to a probable cause search warrant.

During the search, agents recovered methamphetamine and numerous components associated with the manufacturing process of methamphetamine, including: pseudoephedrine, iodine crystals, hydrogen peroxide, acetone, lye, and a make-shift generator used in the iodine crystallization phase of the process. The sheriff’s office says this form of clandestine methamphetamine lab, also known as “Red P (phosphorus)”, is very dangerous due to the deadly fumes put off from the iodine.

Agents also recovered approximately 14 grams of heroin, well above the four gram the threshold for the charge of Trafficking in Heroin. The heroin is being tested to determine if it was “cut” with Fentanyl, a highly potent synthetic opioid pain killer.

Other items found in the search were numerous types of commonly abused medication, including Xanex, Adderall, OxyContin, and Klonopin. Numerous guns, drug scales, baggies, syringes, and methamphetamine pipes were also found.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of James Reid Sharpe, should contact the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office at 256-301-1174. They are also asking its citizens to report suspicious drug activity to contact 256-351-4800.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Information courtesy of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.

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