New Hope man faces drug charges after police find meth, stolen items in home

According to investigators, a child was also in the home at the time of the search
Toddler found along with stolen items and methamphetamine in home search
Published: Aug. 16, 2022 at 8:38 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2022 at 11:10 AM CDT
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NEW HOPE, Ala. (WAFF) - A New Hope man is facing multiple drug charges after police executed a search warrant on a Race Track Road home on Tuesday.

According to New Hope Police Sergeant Tim Garrett, New Hope officers and Madison County deputies executed the warrant around 11:30 a.m. on August 16 after the police department received tips reporting stolen items at the home.

During the search, investigators found multiple stolen items and an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine. A 2-year-old child was in the home at the time of the search. The child has been turned over to DHR.

Justin Taylor Franco was arrested on the following charges:

  • Chemical endangerment - non-family
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of methamphetamine

He is being held at Madison County Jail on a $6,000 bond. Ashley Payne, who lives at the home, has pending charges.

Officers discovered that Franco was stealing power from Huntsville Utilities which has since been disconnected. Items such as camping equipment and a mini refrigerator were also recovered from the home.

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