Fruit stand front for meth lab

Photo Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Department
Photo Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Department
Photo Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Department
Photo Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Department

PINSON, AL (WAFF) - The owner of a Jefferson County produce stand was arrested and charged with manufacturing and selling meth out of the business.

About a week ago Sheriff's Narcotics investigators received information that methamphetamine was being manufactured and sold at a farmer's market on Centerpoint Road.

Deputies uncovered a methamphetamine lab and finished meth at the farmer's market. They also found thousands of dollars of stolen property at the location.

The Jefferson County Health Department came to the scene and condemned the fruit that was being sold at the market and ordered that it be destroyed.

The tainted fruit was disposed of according to Alabama Department of Environmental instructions. They also made a determination about possible contamination of a creek that runs behind the business.

Evidence showed that offenders had burned waste products from the manufacturing process next to this creek.

52-year-old James Nail Jr. of Pinson was arrested and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance with a $1.5 million bond and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with a $30,000 bond.

More charges are pending for receiving stolen property.

The location of this lab is near several schools and day care facilities. It is in a highly populated and highly traveled area of the county.

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