Big tobacco is gunning for your kids. If you doubt it, peruse the selections of tobacco products available in stores across the county. With many candy-flavored selections, it’s clear the tobacco industry is on the prowl for new, younger customers.
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An Altha couple is behind bars after a meth lab was discovered in their home Friday morning.
Eric Shane Tolley and Susan Paige Tolley, both 32, are each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine with children present and trafficking in methamphetamine in excess of 28 grams.
According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force served a search warrant on the couple’s home at 11596 NW CR 274 just after 10 a.m. Friday. The couple’s three children were in the home at the time. When asked if anything illegal was in the residence, Shane Tolley reportedly directed Lt. Mark Mallory to the master bedroom and into a small office where a “shake and bake” meth lab was discovered.
A team consisting of Lt. Mallory, Capt. Michael Bryant, Lt. Eddie Dalton, Sgt. Jared Nichols, Sgt. Todd Wheetley, Dep. John Scheetz, Lt. Tim Partridge and Analyst Carla O’Bryan searched the residence. Several items used in the manufacture of meth were recovered. The amount of meth and meth oil seized from the home was estimated at 100 grams, resulting in the trafficking charge.
Although both Shane and Paige denied Paige had any knowledge of meth being manufactured at the home, they both tested positive for the drug. A straw with meth residue was found in Paige’s SUV. A search of Shane’s vehicle turned up a glass pipe and plastic container with meth residue, a small plastic bag of marijuana, a metal marijuana grinder and a package of rolling papers.
A Department of Children and Families investigator assisted at the scene and turned the children over to a family member.
Shane is being held in the Calhoun County Jail and Paige remains in custody at the Liberty County Jail. Bond has been set at $50,000 for each of them.
The high cost of doing business in the sunshine state, those evil standardized tests for students and program cuts were all up for discussion Monday when Governor Rick Scott hosted a roundtable forum at the Blountstown library.
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