Authorities Arrest Opp Man in Drug Raid

A weekend raid along the Coffee, Crenshaw County Line netted a large-scale crystal-meth distribution facility.

Working on a tip, undercover narcotics officers raided a mobile home in the rural Shady Grove Community near Brantley.

Coffee County sheriff's officials say they recovered large amounts of meth and the chemicals used in its manufacturing.

Chief Deputy Ronnie Whitworth said, "We confiscated 1.5 ounces of meth, $3200 dollars in cash, and a lot of aphedra used in the manufacture of meth."

Opp resident, Danny Chestnut, was reportedly inside the residence at the time. He is charged with trafficking and manufacture of crystal-meth.

Besides the drug itself, undercover officers say they've recovered a half-pound of Pseudoephedra, the drug used in cold medications.

"We've never seen this lab grade Pseudoephedra before. It’s about a half-pound and is a key component of the drug," said an undercover narcotics officer with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities are also concerned because of the night-vision goggles and highly sophisticated surveillance equipment they found inside the residence.

Sheriff Dave Sutton said, "Night vision goggles [are] better than what we have. And, [we also recovered] sophisticated listening devices so they can hear when anyone is coming close to the home. It shows what we are running up against."

Danny Chestnut is awaiting his first appearance on the felony drug charges.

The Opp man has had previous drug arrests in Coffee County.

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