MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – It was Wednesday, August 6 at 11:30 p.m. when neighbors said they saw deputies at a mobile home on Normandy Drive in Semmes. Investigators went to serve a warrant to the homeowner, David Blanton. Once inside, however, they ended up arresting several others.
“When deputies arrived they smelled a strong order and chemical smell and upon going inside, (they) discovered an active meth lab along with four other individuals in there actively manufacturing the product,” said Joe Mahoney with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.
Inside, investigators found a shake and bake meth lab, loaded gun, meth residue, drain cleaner, batteries and pseudo-ephedrine.
“They cook it, sell it and I don’t know what else they do with it,” said neighbor Randall Wright.
Wright said the neighborhood has had problems with the home for about eight years and it’s the same people committing the same crimes, time and time again.
“It’s almost like a family business,” Mahoney said. “We have David Blanton from last night’s arrest, and his son who had a history of manufacturing meth is currently in metro jail, and has been since April. This is not the first time we’ve encountered either of these individuals,” Mahoney said.
“They don’t keep them but a couple of days at the most and then they’re right back, right back doing the same thing,” Wright added.
The community said they’ve done what they can do and hope the suspects take it upon themselves to get some help.