4 children taken from Morgan Co. meth house

Agents found 3 meth labs.
Agents found 3 meth labs.

HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) - Three people are behind bars after a meth bust in Hartselle.

The Morgan County Drug Task Force received complaints that people were making meth in a home where children were present. The tipsters believed at least four children were in the home.

Agents had been investigating the home of Kimberly Lambert and Hazelette Smith II for several weeks. On August 7 around 5 p.m., agents executed a search warrant of the home. They found three one-pot meth labs as well as ingredients and marijuana.

"They cooked off several batches of it over the last several days and have been selling throughout the community," said Sheriff Ann Franklin. "While the children were here (...) they were manufacturing methamphetamine in the bedroom and in the kitchen while the kids were eating dinner."

Smith was arrested when he tried to pick up his children from daycare. During a search for Lambert, agents came in contact with three people at the home. Rebecca Kay was found with meth and loratab pills and Keith Waits was found with drug paraphernalia.

Franklin said there were twin 3-year-olds, a 6-year old and a 9-year-old living in the home. They have been placed in the custody of DHR, but she said foster families are at an all time low, and placing them will be tough.

"All four of these children had to be taken to the emergency room, they had to be deconned, they had to be checked out. We're trying to make sure that they're physically ok, and that's an expense to the community as well," said Franklin.

Smith was charged with manufacture of a controlled substance first degree, possession of a controlled substance, possession of prescription medication, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. His bond was set at $5,900.

Kay was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $3,900.

Waits was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $300.

Lambert has not been arrested yet.

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