VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Sheriff's investigators served a search warrant at 1631 Lexington Circle in Valdosta Monday night. Inside, they found meth and a meth lab that had recently been used.
"In terms of quantity of methamphetamine, it was not that much. But when you weigh out the potential manufacturing capacity of this lab, then it's significant," explained Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Stryde Jones.
Justin Bloodsworth, Monty Wilson, and April Pollock were all arrested and charged with possession of meth, manufacturing meth, and possession of tools for the commission of a crime. Later in the night, sheriff's investigators made another meth bust. This time, they were able to shut down a potential meth operation before it was even set up.
"This case is extremely pleasing to us because this was an opportunity to shut down the lab before it even got started," Jones pointed out. "So, no methamphetamine product was manufactured as a result of this action."
Deputies had been conducting surveillance on the four suspects, and finally arrested them during separate traffic stops near the intersection of Inner Perimeter and Bemiss Road. Lonnie Powell was arrested on Bemiss Road. Hansil Thomas and Bucky Ogletree were also arrested on Bemiss Road. Darrell Smith was arrested on Inner Perimeter.
"Some of 'em do live outside Lowndes County," said Jones. "We will be coordinating with the counties where they live to see if maybe they've got some intelligence on these individuals."
For now though, all four, along with the three arrested on Lexington Circle, will be living at the Lowndes County Jail.