Former Tea Party Candidate, Radio Host BUSTED Running Meth Labs

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At one time, John Fisher wasn’t just a defense attorney in Tuscaloosa, Alabama during regular courtroom business hours. He was also a Tea Party Republican candidate for state house and a conservative talk radio host on ‘Catfish Country’ superstation, WTBC 1230 AM.

So it was a little odd that he seemed to drop off the collective radar a couple of years ago. But perhaps we now know why his show was cancelled and his political ambitions ended: Fisher has been busted operating ‘shake and bake’ meth labs, according to AL.com.

On Friday, law enforcement officers working with the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force spotted Fisher’s alleged accomplice leaving a suspected methamphetamine manufacturing location with a backpack containing a ‘one pot’ meth cooking setup.

They followed him to Fisher’s downtown law office. He was later seen entering the business and leaving with the backpack.

Charged with trafficking, Fisher was released on $250,000 bond. His alleged accomplice, 42 year-old Christopher Shane Rushing of nearby Northport, was unable to post bond.

Investigators found an active meth cooker during a search of Rushing’s vehicle. They also recovered 369 grams, or roughly four-fifths of a pound, of meth oil.

According to dubious internet sources to which we are not linking, when converted to crystal meth that amount of oil would have a street value of $35,000-40,000.

According to the Tuscaloosa News, Fisher graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1997 and his law firm “focuses on general litigation, with an emphasis on business law, personal injury, criminal defense, mediation, family law, estate planning and probate.”

Although his show archives are long gone, we can still glean some impression of his politics from the associated Facebook page, where Fisher occasionally expounds on right wing themes.

This 2013 AL.com article on a meeting of Bama Carry, the “no-compromise gun group,” meeting in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict offers another sample of Fisher’s rhetoric.

Fisher and Alabama state Sen. Gerald Allen both briefly addressed the crowd. Fisher called for education and clear understanding on the difference between rights and laws, then asked for vigilance and more educated voting from the conservative community.

“As a country, we’re in trouble,” Fisher said. “Good’s become bad and bad has become good, and I want to ask everyone to stay vigilant and stay involved.”

Fisher said Americans faced an ever-present threat to their right to bear arms, and it would take diligence to preserve that right.

“The right to defend ourselves is not given to us by men; that’s a God-given right,” Fisher said. “We’re warriors, that’s what he made us to be, and the right to defend ourselves doesn’t come from the federal government, it comes from him. We need to remember that. We need to know what rights are, and know that they belong to us.”

Fisher campaigned to fill the state house seat left vacant when Dr. Robert Bentley was elected governor in 2010. Despite sharing a stage with anti-LGBT judge Roy Moore, he was handily defeated by Bill Poole in the Republican primary.

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