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Meth lab found in downtown Elba home

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Thursday, Oct 22,2009

The Coffee County Sheriff’s and Elba Police departments worked together Monday evening, Oct. 19, to rid the City of Elba of a dangerous hazard – an operational methamphetamine lab.
Law enforcement officials discovered the meth lab inside the residence at 472A Claxton Avenue, located across from the U.S. Postal Office in Elba. This is a house divided into rental apartments.
According to officials, officers found the meth lab after the residents gave consent for them to enter the apartment. It was in operation when discovered by officials.
Three people were arrested on scene and taken to the Coffee County Jail, where they were awaiting a bond hearing as of press time earlier this week. The suspects reportedly moved to the Elba area several months ago from North Alabama, and all three were residents at this apartment.
Randy Lynn Odom, age 32, Jessica Marie Walker Griffin, age 32, and Marvin William Griffin, age 35, were all arrested and each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine – first degree, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Law enforcement officials were on scene until the early morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 20, as a Haz-Mat team from Birmingham had to be dispatched to properly dismantle and dispose of the materials being used in the meth lab.
Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton was on scene Monday evening in Elba and said the recovery of this meth lab is part of an ongoing effort to rid Coffee County of methamphetamine.

Photo: Officials with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and Elba Police Department discovered this operational methamphetamine lab inside an apartment located in downtown Elba (472A Claxton Avenue) Monday evening, Oct. 19. As shown, the meth lab was found underneath the kitchen sink. A tube connects the various chemicals being used to make the illegal drug. Three people were arrested in connection with this meth lab. A Haz-Mat team from Birmingham properly dismantled and disposed of the lab.