The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau and Patrol Bureau can add four more arrests to “Operation Avalanche.” Two individuals were arrested yesterday at a meth lab in Choctaw Beach. Glen Mel Hunter, 44, of 73 Eastern Street, Freeport, was arrested for drug production, trafficking in methamphetamine, narcotic equipment possession and conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine. Hunter procured and delivered red phosphorus (a chemical used to manufacture methamphetamine) to Charles Lewis Alford, who was arrested on June 16th, during Operation Avalanche. Brittany Cecile Via, 24, of 596 Williams Road, DeFuniak Springs, was also arrested at the residence for drug possession and narcotic equipment possession.
In addition, Charlie “CJ” James Rhodes, 35, of 162 Pine Hill Road, DeFuniak Springs, and Sabrina Marie Thompson, 41, of 330 S 18th Street, DeFuniak Springs, were both charged with the production of methamphetamine and drug possession. Investigators revealed that Rhodes had been purchasing and procuring iodine, an essential chemical in the manufacture of methamphetamine, and delivering it to Charles Lewis Alford. Thompson was purchasing and procuring pseudoephedrine and delivering it to Charles Lewis Alford in order for Alford to manufacture methamphetamine.
To date, 30 arrests have been made in Operation Avalanche. This investigation is still on-going and more arrests are pending.