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Drug-dealing couple takes advantage of elderly woman

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BERRIEN COUNTY, GA (WALB) –Berrien County investigators say a drug-dealing couple took advantage of an elderly woman.

They say that woman had no idea the people she let live in her home were making and selling meth there.

The wife is in jail, but her husband is on the loose.

These ingredients used to make meth were seized Monday during a bust off Highway 76 in Berrien County. Authorities got a tip about the meth lab. They say a child was in the home when they raided it, but the homeowner didn't know meth was being produced and sold from her home.

"We received information here at the sheriff's office that an unknown couple was producing and selling meth," said Investigator Mike Register.

That couple is 27-year-old Barbara Browning and 31-year-old Robbie Browning. She was arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetimines, manufacturing meth, possession of a substance with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and is facing additional charges of child cruelty. Robbie Browning was not home at the time and has not been found.

"We did learn that she has three small children that live there in the residence with her so we did contact our local DFACS office and had them en route to the area," said Register.

Browning was the primary caretaker of homeowner Mary Alice Jones who also lives here. Jones is elderly and in poor health so most of the time she stays in here bedroom and had no idea what was going on.

After getting permission, investigators first checked the freezer.

"I found three containers of what we suspected to be meth oil and that stuff has tested positive for methamphetimine," said Register.

They also found a black duffle bag hid behind a small kitchen table.

"Inside that duffle bag was a number of items that are used to produce meth."

He then called for more investigators including the South Georgia Drug Task Force.

Authorities are still searching for Robbie Browning. He was last seen driving a red ford ranger with black on the bottom.

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