Cullman County thwarting meth dreams

CULLMAN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Cullman County law enforcement officers and judges are teaming up to crack down on methamphetamine.

The county performed 7 meth lab busts in the last 10 days, but the overall number of meth lab busts are down this year.

Cullman County Sheriff Tyler Roden said he believes it is the result of a community wide effort.

"The more information we get from community the more we all realize it is everyone's problem," said Roden, "The more we work together we work together the more effective we will be."

Cullman County's judges, like Kim Chaney, are doing their part to fight the problem by setting the bond for trafficking and manufacturing large amounts of meth at $1 million, and offering convicted individuals the chance to enter rehabilitation programs.

"Meth takes a huge toll on the user, their families, their employers, their children," said Chaney, "We feel like we have an obligation to help them rehabilitate themselves if they will."

Chaney and Roden said they want people to know meth use will not be tolerated in Cullman County, and they won't rest until the problem is a thing of the past.

"We will continue to be vigilant," said Roden, "We will do everything we can to stop you one way or the other."

"My advice, 'Do not involve yourself with drugs'," said Chaney, "If you choose to you might not want to go to Cullman County because you will have our undivided attention."