The Cherokee County Alabama Narcotics Unit arrested two Gaylesville men on drug charges while busting an operational meth lab on Tuesday of this week.

Following numerous complaints, members of the Narcotics Unit went to the residence at 5270 Main Street in Gaylesville where they detected the odor of what was soon identified as a meth lab in operation.

After gaining entry to the home, officers took the two people found inside into custody, and secured the building.

A search warrant was obtained for the property and authorities recovered a small amount of finished product along with approximately a gallon of meth oil.

Both 36 year old David Eugene Hartbarger and Jamie Ray Tucker, age 28, were arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st Degree, and are currently lodged in the Cherokee County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

The Cherokee County Narcotics Unit along with Cedar Bluff Police Officer Jason O’Neal and Deputy Shawn Rogers assisted a Haz-Mat Crew with the clean up of the meth lab.