West Alabama man held on $1 million bond after first meth lab in three years discovered

Published 6:48 am Tuesday, March 9, 2021

A West Alabama man is being held on a $1 million bond after agents discovered a homemade meth lab behind his house.

The operation is the first meth lab reported in the area in at least three years, officials said.

Jonathon Cooley, 27, of Duncanville, was arrested Friday on methamphetamine trafficking charges.

West Alabama Narcotics Task Force agents were recently informed that Cooley was making meth at his home in the 15000 block of Cooley Town Road.

Alerted by a chemical odor coming from a wooden building behind his home, agents discovered inside the building several jars and bottles containing more than 1,000 grams of meth oil, an amount of finished meth, a jar containing a meth lab, several household items used in meth production and red phosphorous, a substance used to create the drug.

Cooley was charged with first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance and trafficking meth. He is being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail.