Three charged in Sept. 9 Pelham meth lab bust
By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor
A Homewood man and a Hanceville woman are being held in the Shelby County Jail on bonds exceeding $300,000 each after they were charged with allegedly operating a meth lab in a Pelham hotel.
A juvenile suspect also was charged in the incident, said Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force Lt. Kevin Turner.
Kristie Marie Gilley, 36, was booked into the jail on Sept. 10 on one count of criminal possession of a noxious substance, four counts of third-degree assault, one count of second-degree manufacture of a controlled substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of chemical endangerment of a child where a controlled substance is produced and one miscellaneous offense. She is being held in jail on bonds totaling $322,000.
Gilley’s chemical endangerment of a child charge was related to the juvenile suspect charged in the incident, Turner said.
Police also arrested Jacob Kenneth Mykicz, 25, and charged him with four counts of third-degree assault, one count of criminal possession of a noxious substance, one count of second-degree manufacture of a controlled substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one miscellaneous offense. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $306,000.
According to the Pelham Police Department, four Pelham officers and a K-9 officer were transported to the hospital after inhaling fumes coming from the suspected meth lab in the bathroom of a room at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lodge on Sept. 9.
Officers originally responded to the hotel on a report of a juvenile pickup call when they discovered the suspected meth lab, according to Pelham police. When officers arrived, they made contact with occupants in the hotel room, and smelled fumes coming from the room’s bathroom.
The four officers were transported to Brookwood Medical Center for treatment, and were all released by 10:30 p.m. the night of the incident. The K-9 was held overnight for observation at a local veterinary clinic.
Pelham and Alabaster hazardous materials teams responded to the scene and decontaminated the area and the four suspects who were in the hotel room.