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Police bust meth dealers

James Bradley Barnes (Source: Thomas County Jail) James Bradley Barnes (Source: Thomas County Jail)
David Dangler (Source: Thomas County Jail) David Dangler (Source: Thomas County Jail)
Benjamin Scott Hurst (Source: Thomas County Jail) Benjamin Scott Hurst (Source: Thomas County Jail)
Chad Lamar Anderson  (Source: Thomas County Jail) Chad Lamar Anderson (Source: Thomas County Jail)

February 17, 2004

Thomasville - Police are looking for 26-year old James Bradley Barnes.

They believe he was the culprit behind the anhydrous ammonia leak at the Prestige ice company on February 7th.

Why would anyone try to steal anhydrous ammonia? It's an ingredient in making methamphetamine.

Thomasville Narcotics Commander, Guy Winklemann says, "Most of the people that know how to cook it, steal most of the stuff, or it is relatively cheap, 'cause everything is locally bought. You use lye which is used to clean up pools and concrete. The hardest thing to get is the anhydrous ammonia."

So the drug makers then steal the ammonia from farmers or places that have large coolers, like ice companies. Then they make the drug in their home or in a lab.

David Dangler was arrested this weekend for manufacturing methamphetamine in a warehouse lab.

Two more men, 21-year old Benjamin Scott Hurst and 26-year old Chad Lamar Anderson also tried to steal ammonia from the plant, but they were busted.

Winklemann says, "I suggest they lock it up the best they can. The ice plant has done now, they've put big doors on to stop people from coming in."

And the drug agents are doing their best to keep drug makers out of Thomasville.

 If you know the whereabouts of James Barnes, call the Thomasville police department at 229-227-3301.

posted at 5:16 PM by karen.collier@walb.com

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