Shelby man charged with illegal meth lab

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA–A 45-year-old Shelby man was arrested for first degree manufacturing of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest after allegedly “producing methamphetamine in a laboratory operation within 500 feet of a residence, place of business, church or school,” according to his arrest warrant.

Wooley

Wooley

The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force arrested Norman Joseph Wooley Sr., who lists an address on Dog Patch Road in Shelby, on Nov. 20 on one Class A felony charge of manufacturing of a controlled substance and two misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

According to Wooley’s arrest warrant, the incident took place on Nov. 20 when Wooley allegedly “possessed precursor substances in any amount to unlawfully manufacture a controlled substance pseudoephedrine and two or more of following conditions occurred in conjunction with that violation. A clandestine laboratory operation was for the production of controlled substances methamphetamine and the operation was to take place or did take place within 500 feet of a residence, place of business, church or school.”

Wooley currently remains in the Shelby County Jail on a $101,500 bond. An upcoming hearing has not yet been scheduled.

First-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance is a Class A felony and is punishable between 10 years and life in prison.