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September 28, 2007

Lee County--Investigators in Lee County have arrested two more people for their involvement in that meth lab we first told you about during our 11 PM newscast.

Deputies made the arrests at the Dixon Mobile Home Park located on Lovers Lane Road in Lee County.  Today, 50-year-old Larry Shirley and 32-year-old Casey Ellis now join 30-year-old Alex Adkins and 36-year-old Charlie Haire behind bars.

For hours, authorities blocked off portions of Highway 32 at Lovers Lane Road to Mossy Dell Road.

Shortly after 7 PM on Thursday, a deputy pulled over a 1985 Black Ford F-150 traveling on Lovers Lane Road--just east of Highway 32.  Inside the truck, the officer found materials used to make methamphetamine.

The two people in the truck, Charlie Haire and Alex Adkins, were taken to the Lee County jail. Both are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. GBI agents and Hazmat crew assisted deputies with the cleanup.

"Because those labs are so incredibly dangerous and toxic, they had to block off the road on 32 and block off traffic," says Col. Duane Sapp with the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Before being pulled over, investigators say the two men had just left a friend's home at the Dixon Mobile Home Park on Lovers Lane Road.

Investigators searched that home and found several smoking devices, residue of meth, and two firearms.

Deputies then took the two people living there, Larry Shirley and Casey Ellis, into custody. Shirley is charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and Ellis with possession of meth.

This is not Charlie Haire's first run-in with the law. Haire already had a warrant out on him for probation violation, initially charged with possession of meth and theft of anhydrous ammonia--which is a substance used to make meth.

Highway 32 and Lovers Lane Road have since re-opened Friday morning.