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8 family members charged in theft, meth manufacturing case

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
NEW SITE, AL (WSFA) -

New Site police arrested eight members of the same family on charges ranging from theft to manufacturing meth.

Police Chief John McKelvey says the eight suspects would use one another to buy cold medicines from pharmacies in Tallapoosa County. The medicines are a key ingredient to make meth.

McKelvey says most of the "cooking" of meth took place inside the family's mobile home on Day Road.

"There were times they were getting 500 pills in a day or two," McKelvey said.

Police have identified the suspects as:

  • Rolland Mancilla, 32
  • Melissa Mancilla, 30
  • James Ronald Colley, 35
  • Kathy Colley, 35
  • Dustin Foreman, 24
  • Wendy Wheeler, 31
  • Marcus Smith, 24
  • Christopher Sanford, 27

The chief said they started getting tips from residents and area pharmacies.

The group is also accused of stealing lawnmowers and 4-wheelers to fund their meth manufacturing.

Chief McKelvey says most of the suspects confessed to their involvement. Some are out on bond, others remain in the Tallapoosa County Jail. The suspects have not had their first court appearances yet.

Investigators say this undercover investigation started seven months ago and came to a head last week.

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