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Neighbors aren't surprised by meth lab bust

Bainbridge Public Safety Officer uncovered a working meth lab earlier this week Bainbridge Public Safety Officer uncovered a working meth lab earlier this week
Investigators found evidence outside of the home on Evans street Investigators found evidence outside of the home on Evans street
Max Dustin Rackley is charged with manufacturing and possession of meth Max Dustin Rackley is charged with manufacturing and possession of meth
Betty Conoly Betty Conoly
Investigator Chip Nix Investigator Chip Nix
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - People living in one Bainbridge neighborhood are relieved after public safety officers were able to safely dismantle a working meth lab this week.

Bainbridge Public Safety investigators found evidence outside of the home that led to the lab.

Neighbors said they weren't surprised to hear one of their neighbors was involved in drug bust earlier this week. 

Betty Conoly visits the area almost every day of the week. 

She said, “I'm not shocked.  Basically because I have been around enough to know that there are a lot of people that go in and out of there.  So that makes you suspicious to start with.”

And her gut feeling was right.

Bainbridge Public Safety Officers said they were led to this home on Evans street in hopes of learning more information on a string of entering autos around the area.  

But what they found led them to uncover yet another crime. 

Investigator Chip Nix said, “We attempted to make contact with the people there.  On our approach to the residence, we noticed several pieces of coffee filters that had been twisted up. These could possibly be used in a meth lab.”

Investigators knew that what they thought was possible was probably the reality by what they were smelling at the home.

Nix said, “By the time we really walked by the grill and saw the stuff, I looked at Captain Esquivel and said, 'There's a meth lab here. You can smell it.' The odor is kind of distinctive; it has a strong ammonia type odor to it.” 

By that time, officers had enough probable cause to search the home.  

That's when 25-year-old Max Dustin Rackley confessed to making meth inside one of the bedrooms. 

“He did let us in the house and cooperated.  He said it had been going on for about six months,” said Nix. 

Conoly said she has made her concerns of suspicious activity very clear to police. 

“Anytime that I think there's something like that going around, I don't want to be close to it.  I don't want my family to be close to it. And if I think it's a danger to the neighbors or anyone else, I feel like it's my duty to say something.  So I always call the cops,” said Conoly. 

Rackley is in the Decatur county jail charged with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine.  

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