Meth Bust

Methamphetamine Bust

A two-week investigation has ended with Henry County authorities breaking up the biggest methamphetamine manufacturing operation in that county's history.

Sheriff Lawton Ed Armstrong said two meth labs were raided at a location on County Road 55 in the Hebron Community East of Headland.

In addition to large amounts of chemicals, investigators also seized two grams of methamphetamine and a couple of bags of marijuana.

Thirty-five-year-old Phillip Smothers and his 34-year-old wife, Cary, now face trafficking charges.

Sheriff Armstrong said the federal drug enforcement administration was called in to help clean up the site because of all the toxic chemicals involved and the expense of decontaminating the location.

Sheriff Armstrong said four children staying at the location where the drugs were allegedly being made have been turned over to the State Department of Human Resources.