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After bust in Somerville, manhunt continues for meth maker

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The manhunt for an accused meth maker in Morgan County continues, after investigators made a major bust at a home in Somerville. The manhunt for an accused meth maker in Morgan County continues, after investigators made a major bust at a home in Somerville.
MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The manhunt for an accused meth maker in Morgan County continues, after investigators made a major bust at a home in Somerville.

Deputies are trying to track down Casey Houser who is suspected of manufacturing meth in a garage on Turtle Creek Road.

Meantime, deputies arrested Verlon McLaine, also known as the "Alabama Babymaker," Lanita McLaine, and Ralph McLaine for their involvement in the lab. They all face several drug charges.

Investigators said this meth lab was particularly dangerous. It was not a typical "one-pot" meth lab.

In this case, three methods were being used to cook meth. Two of them involved anhydrous ammonia and red phosphorous, which are both very volatile gases that can easily explode.

It made a dangerous situation for both law enforcement and surrounding neighbors.

Deputies spent hours cleaning up this lab. Sheriff Ana Franklin said it was a very difficult process.

The hazards were constant until the lab was completely broken down. At any point, the tanks could have exploded since the gases were already leaking.

"They had taken anhydrous ammonia and put it in oxygen tanks and hot-glued lids on them. The gas was leaking out. The top and bottom parts of the cylinder were corroded everywhere," said Sheriff Franklin.

To make matters worse, the meth was being cooked in a garage full of cars, gas cans and cleaning solvents.

Many people are wondering who these accused meth makers are.

The answer may surprise you.

WAFF 48 News checked into the backgrounds of the three arrested and found no drug manufacturing history.

This is the problem for investigators trying to crack down. The face of meth users and makers is changing making it harder for law enforcement to identify the source.

"It is not in the slums somewhere. It is now in middle-class America. It is your next door neighbor who has a job or had a job and has now lost everything, depending on where we intervene at," explained Franklin.

The suspect still at large is a different story. Casey Houser has a rap sheet of criminal charges, some that include drug manufacture.

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