Couple charged with manufacturing meth after father notices odd odor

December 3, 2010

An Altha couple spent Thanksgiving in jail after being charged with manufacturing methamphetamine last week.

Ricky Hansford told deputies he was watching TV in his living room around 3 a.m. on Nov. 24 when he heard the sound of a bottle shaking and noticed a strange, strong odor coming from his son and daughter-in-law’s bedroom.

He went to the room to talk with them and saw his son, Kevin, 27, hand something to his wife, Shantel, 23, which she then tried to hide under a blanket. Hansford moved the blanket and saw a reaction vessel in which methamphetamine was being prepared, according to a report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.

When Hansford took the bottle away, his son asked him to give it back so that it wouldn’t explode, according to the arrest report.

The two men argued and when the son became combative with his father, his mother called for a deputy.

Kevin Hansford was taken into custody and the two were later charged.

Investigators searched the bedroom and discovered items commonly used in the methamphetamine-making process, including digital scales used to measure ingredients, a pack of coffee filters to filter material from the reaction vessel, an eye dropper bottle with suspected acid and two pair of pliers, commonly used to strip lithium from batteries.

A 20-oz. bottle being used as a reaction vessel for the “shake and bake” method of making methamphetamine that was spotted by Hansford was half-full and warm to the touch, which, according to the sheriff’s office report, “suggests that an exothermic reaction was in progress and that methamphetamine was being manufactured in the vessel.”

During an interview with Shantel Hansford, she told investigators that her husband had an earlier altercation with someone and wanted to make the meth in order to “set up” that person.

Kevin Hansford was released from jail on $1,000 bond Nov. 27. Bond was set at $5,000 for his wife, who was released Nov. 28.

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