MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The Mobile Police Department’s Narcotics/Vice Unit arrested Otha Lavon Rowell on drug charges after a two and a half week long investigation.
The investigation launched on Thursday, May 8 after receiving information someone in the 700 block of Barlow Road West was growing hydroponic marijuana and manufacturing methamphetamine.
During the investigation, the 60-year-old Rowell was seen leaving a shed on the property several times a day. Officers also saw him making several hand to hand transactions with people inside vehicles.
On Thursday, May 27, narcotics officers made contact with Rowell inside the shed. They said he was in possession of a digital scale, a white powdered substance believed to the cocaine and materials for a shake and bake meth lab.
Rowell was arrested and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.
Authorites will continue with their investigation. If you have any information, please call (251) 208-7211.