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Meth lab bust finds children living nearby

 January 29, 2007

Cairo--  Six arrested, and five charged in connection with the meth lab bust last week. The charges range from conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamines to child endangerment.  The children are in the custody of DFACS, and are currently being placed.

An anonymous tip to DFACS brought law enforcement out to this home on Pope Store Road rural Grady county.

Captain Tim Gainous from the Grady county sheriff's office says they found evidence there may be a drug activity going on, and got a search warrant.  "An active methamphetamine lab was found in a trailer behind the double wide," said Gainous.

John Thompson, Eric Taylor, Jamie Lewis, and Lisa Hughes, and Nichole Easter were all charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamines.  "Every person that was charged was also charged with 4 counts of child endangerment," Gainous added.

Four children, ages ranging from an infant to a 6 year old child, were living in the home, right next to where the meth was being produced.  "During the interviews it came to light that for many years, for seven years prior, methamphetamines had been produced in the double wide mobile home, that the children were living in," said Gainous. 

He says although the lab was in a separate trailer, potentially to try to protect the kids, it's extremely dangerous to have kids in a place where meth was ever produced.  "Without proper decontamination of a structure after cooking methamphetamine in it, all types of gases and traces left in the home and the carpet, on the walls, that could actually kill a child," said Gainous.

The kids were taken to Grady General Hospital to be checked out as part of protocol from the Georgia Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.

Child endangerment is a felony charge. A separate count is filed for each child endangered.



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