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Grady Co. drug agents bust an active meth lab


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GRADY COUNTY, GA (WALB) –Three people are in jail Monday after an overnight meth lab bust in Grady County.

Sheriff's investigators found the active lab around 1:30 Monday morning in the 3-thousand block of Pine Park Road. And while drugs agents say they're happy with this bust, they're still concerned with the growing meth problem in the county.

Instead of taking Labor Day off, these Grady County drug agents began work well before sunrise Monday morning shutting down a methamphetamines operation.

"It's a good find. We have been watching this gentlemen for a couple months trying to get enough information on him, enough probable cause for a search warrant to come in," explains Investigator Steve Clark with the Grady County Sheriff's Office. "The pieces of the puzzle just never fell in place for us to be able to do what we needed to do. But everything finally came together this past week."

Once they had their search warrant, investigators surrounded this house at 3707 Pine Park Road and knocked on the front door.

The home's resident Brian Folson came to the door and looked out the window. When he realized who was on the other side, he took off upstairs, giving investigators no choice but to force their way inside.

"Dealing with meth is dangerous for anyone. It's especially dangerous for us going into an unknown situation to begin with, into a house we may or may not know the layout of as well as how many people may be inside that we're dealing with. We don't know what's cooking in there. The smoke is acidic in natural. If you inhale the fumes, you actually get acid in your lungs which is hard to get rid of," Clark says.

But he says ridding methamphetamines from Grady County is a difficult task.

"For every one person who cooks he teaches ten more how to cook. The trend is there. Yeah, we arrest one person here for cooking meth, but another person picks it up. It's just a never-ending cycle."

And with only an estimated 6% recovery rate for meth addicts, many of the people these investigators arrest, are familiar faces.

Meth is a highly addictive synthetic stimulant that affects the pleasure centers of the brain.

It is made from ephedrine or pseudo ephedrine, found in over the counter medicines, and other household chemicals.

Meth users experience extreme weight loss, loss of muscle tone, tooth decay, withdrawal and depression.

Long term meth abuse can cause violent behavior, anxiety, confusion, insomnia, paranoia, hallucinations, mood swings, and delusions.

Chronic use can cause brain damage and even death.

All three suspects in this meth bust are charged with possession and manufacturing meth. Brian Folson also faces possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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