Two arrested on production of meth charges
by Chris Norwood
The Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force has made two felony arrests of Sylacauga men for crimes relating to the production of methamphetamine. The two cases are unrelated to each other, however.

Daniel Brent Baker, 29, was arrested Friday after fleeing an attempted traffic stop by Sylacauga Police. According to Task Force Commander Jason Murray, Baker eventually bailed out of his car and ran a short distance before being caught.

Baker had an active meth lab set up in the cupholder of his vehicle, Murray said.

“The agent that responded had a hard time relieving the pressure (on the mobile lab),” Murray explained. “Once he did, it actually blew the cap off and spewed (precursor chemicals) all over the place. Luckily no one got hit with any of them.”

Baker was charged with manufacture of a controlled substance in the first degree. At an initial appearance before District Judge Jeb Fannin, bond was set at $100,000.

Robert Catchings, 52, was also arrested following a traffic stop, on Sunday. Murray said Catchings had precursor chemicals in his vehicle, but did not have an active cook going.

He was charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and had his bond set at $20,000, also by Fannin.

Murray said both men were out on bond for manufacture of a controlled substance when they were arrested, and there were plans to ask for those previous bonds to be revoked.

Felony drug paraphernalia is a class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.

Manufacture in the first degree is a class A felony, punishable by 10 to 99 years or life in prison.

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