published Friday, July 20th, 2012

Five charged in Jackson County drug cases

Five people were arrested Wednesday in Jackson County, Ala., on drug-related charges.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office arrested Raymond Earl Pendergrass, 31; Joseph Nathan Austin, 30; Hollie Linn Hale, 40; and Ricky Wayne Thomas, 54, on charges of first-degree unlawful manufacture of controlled substances and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, authorities said.

Bond was set at $10,500 for each, and all four remained in custody at the Jackson County Jail on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

The arrests came after a search of a home on County Road 255 in Bridgeport, Ala., where about half a cup of liquid methamphetamine, chemicals used to make meth and drug paraphernalia were found, authorities said.

"It was a small lab," Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen said. "Most of them are these days. People just cook enough for themselves and a few friends -- making just enough money to keep the lab going."

In a separate incident, Stevenson, Ala., police and the Jackson deputies arrested Adam Ryan Ray, 25, after searching a home on County Road 45 and finding a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Ray was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Jackson County Jail and released on a $1,000 bond, according to authorities.

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...

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