Stolen 4-wheeler search leads to drug bust, 4 arrests

Renee Stapler (Source: DeKalb County Sheriff)
Renee Stapler (Source: DeKalb County Sheriff)

DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Four people were arrested Wednesday when a possible stolen four-wheeler investigation led to a drug bust.

DeKalb County investigators said they were investigating the theft of a four-wheeler from the Dawson area. The search led to a residence on County Road 142 in New Harmony. Officials said upon investigation, a meth lab was found.

Drug task force agents were called to search the home. Agents said they found eight one-pot meth labs, a small amount of finished meth, 11 marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia.

Officials arrested 40-year-old Gary Martin, 47-year old Donna Martin and 43-year-old Bobby Rains. All three were charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. The Martins were also charged with manufacture of a controlled substance second degree and possession of marijuana.

While processing the three, Rains fled into the woods. While searching for him, officials were led to another residence in County Road 568 where Renee Stapler was found with methamphetamine. She was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officials searched for Rains well into the early hours until he was found hiding in a bedroom at his home. He was additionally charged with escape third degree and theft of property third degree.

The stolen four-wheeler – the original cause of the four drug arrests – was recovered in the Asbury community of Marshall County Thursday morning.

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