News Release from the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Office
Officers from the Douglas Police Department, Coffee County Sheriff's Office and Altamaha Drug Task Force seized a methamphetamine lab last Wednesday night inside of a motel room at The Fountain Inn in Douglas.
According to Sheriff Jerry Pope, the sheriff's office drug unit was contacted by a Douglas police officer who stated that he had observed what appeared to be items utilized to manufacture methamphetamine inside of one of the rooms. The police department had been notified after the items were discovered by house keeping personnel.
A drug agent from the sheriff's office obtained a search warrant for the room and notified the Georgia Bureau of Investigations for assistance. Agents from the Altamaha Drug Task Force responded and assisted with the search.
According to Sheriff Pope, officers discovered numerous items inside the room utilized in the manufacturing process of methamphetamine. Officers discovered documents inside the room as well as a description of the vehicle which they were driving. A brief time later, a Douglas police officer observed the vehicle attempting to enter the Fountain Inn parking lot.
The officer stopped the vehicle and identified the occupants. Agents from the ADTF and sheriff's office drug unit responded to the traffic stop as well. Both occupants were identified as being the individuals staying in the motel room.
During a search of the vehicle, officers located a quantity of suspected methamphetamine as well as several items utilized to manufacture methamphetamine.
Manesa Jobina Jenkins age 33 of Lyons, GA and Damien Stuart Poole age 30 of Vidalia, GA were arrested and both have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine. The motel room and the vehicle were processed and all items were seized by the officers.
"This meth lab was removed from or community thanks to great teamwork. A quick response and great investigative work by officers from the Douglas Police Department is what made this possible. All three law enforcement agencies involved worked together to obtain the same goal. Get the drugs and the drug dealers off of our streets and that is what it takes to get the job done," said Sheriff Pope.