Helena man jailed in meth lab bust

A Helena man has been charged with making methamphetamine at his home.

James Melton Green, 39, was arrested June 4 at his home in the 200 block of Lee’s Cove, said Lt. Cody Sumners of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Green is being held at the Shelby County Jail on $1,531,000 bond on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, chemical endangerment of a child where a controlled substance is produced, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sumners said Alabaster Police informed the task force of a possible meth lab in Helena.

When investigators got consent to search Green’s home, they didn’t find an active lab, however, the chemicals and gases used to make methamphetamine were present, Sumners said.

Helena, Alabaster and Pelham fire departments were dispatched to Green’s home to begin decontamination procedures, Sumners said.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration assisted with cleaning up hazardous materials, and seized all chemicals and trash associated with the idle lab.