Meth Lab Allegedly Found on Premises of Alabama Auto Glass Shop
November 8, 2011

Terrence Joseph Best, 32, was an employee of D&R Auto Glass, according to police.

The Gardendale, Ala., police department located a methamphetamine lab in a local auto glass shop last week and arrested an employee of the shop, Terrence Joseph Best, in connection with the operation, according to information from the Gardendale Police Department.

Best, 32, was charged on November 3 with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance with a bond of $60,000; utility diversion/tampering with a bond of $300; and theft of service with a bond of  $300.

According to Gardendale Detective Brad Cotton, the lab was located in a van behind the shop.

“It [appeared to be] one of the owner’s vehicles,” says Cotton.

The business is owned by Donnie McKendree of Gardendale, Ala., though only Best was charged.

“The owner claimed he didn’t know what was going on,” says Best. “The power had been shut off from the building for three to six months. The business was late on its power bill and rent.”

Police obtained a search warrant after receiving reports of suspicious activity at the business. “If you drove by the business it was obvious something was going there,” says Cotton.

Best currently is being held in the Jefferson County (Ala.) jail.

Alabama state incorporation records do not show records for D&R. Reports from the Better Business Bureau say that the company opened its doors in January 1991.

Attempts to reach D&R Auto Glass or McKendree for comment have been unsuccessful.

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