A March 22 report of domestic violence involving a weapon resulted in two arrests on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of precursor chemicals and drug paraphernalia. DeFuniak Springs Police Department (DFSPD) officers were dispatched to the DeFuniak Motel on U.S. 90 West. Officers made contact with Charles Lewis Alford, 40, of DeFuniak Springs. Questioned about a weapon, Alford indicated that it was in a bag he was carrying. A search yielded a loaded handgun, which Alford reportedly said was his girlfriend’s.
The other subject involved was Julia Ashley Miller, 27, also of DeFuniak Springs, who reportedly claimed the gun was Alford’s. The officers received permission to search other bags for possible guns. That search reportedly yielded “several items consistent with the manufacture of crystal methamphetamine,” including red phosphorous, iodine, Sudafed, a P.H. test kit, acid, hydrogen peroxide, and a Pyrex plate.
Narcotics investigators were called to the scene and determined the existence of a meth lab. An inventory made by a clandestine lab cleanup team resulted in seizure of more than 200 grams of meth oil from the motel room. Both Alford and Miller were arrested.
Alford, reportedly a convicted felon, was booked on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine more than 200 grams, trafficking in percocet (hydrocodone) possession of precursor chemicals, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of prescription medication without a prescription.
Miller was booked on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine more than 200 grams, possession of precursor chemicals, possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
DFSPD Sgt. Rick Boblitt, Officer Warren Howell, and DFSP Narcotics Investigator Joseph Ward participated in this arrest.