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RPD arrest three on meth charges

By Staff
Melissa Cason
The Russellville Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff's Department teamed up with the Marion County Drug Task Force and the Hackleburg Police Department for a joint investigation that resulted with three arrests Thursday and possibly more pending.
Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett said investigators arrested Marjorie Jeanne Tate, 38, of 245 Morris Street in Hackelburg, with second-degree attempt to manufacture a controlled substance (methamphetamine).
"Ms. Tate was arrested during a routine traffic stop in Russellville, but the investigation lead into the county, where the sheriff's department assisted," Hargett said.
Franklin County Sheriff Larry Plott said investigators found a meth lab at 1144 Highway 43 in Phil Campbell during their investigation. While they were at the residence, a vehicle pulled up at the residence.
Upon further investigation, officers found a shake-and-bake meth lab in the vehicle.
Plott said Iley Michael Loveless, 49, of 1144 Highway 43 in Phil Campbell, was arrested and charged with first-degree attempt to manufacture a controlled substance, and Robert J. Stross Jr. was arrested and charged with first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance and trafficking meth.
"During the investigation, we found five to seven ounces of meth, some of which was in liquid form," Plott said.
Plott said the investigation is still be pending, and more arrests could be made in this case.