A Buhl man was charged with trafficking methamphetamine after narcotics agents found 320 grams of the dangerously addictive stimulant in his Tuscaloosa County home last week, according to recently filed court documents.

The suspect, 30-year-old Mark Anthony Tingle, was the object of a long-term investigation by agents of the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force, who monitored him for several weeks.

After reportedly documenting several transactions in which Tingle sold methamphetamines to others, WANTF raided his home on Spur Line Road in Buhl on April 27th and confiscated 320 grams of meth -- more than half a pound -- as well as baggies, digital scales and what agents described as a "meth bong."

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“This is a significant amount of methamphetamine that we were able to take out of circulation,” said WANTF commander Captain Brad Jones. “Hopefully, this will somewhat limit the availability of meth to his buyers, who were not just from his community, but across Tuscaloosa.”

Tingle was charged with trafficking methamphetamines and placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond. He remained there Friday morning.

A police spokesperson said the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney's office assisted with the investigation, and county sheriff Ron Abernathy thanked the narcotics task force for rooting out a major player in the distribution of meth in the area.

“This arrest was the result of outstanding and thorough work by WANTF investigators,” Sheriff Ron Abernathy said. “Selling methamphetamine is not a victimless crime. It destroys families and communities. By stopping at least this much of this dangerous drug from making its way into the community, we’re making Tuscaloosa County a safer place.”

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