VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Two people were arrested on Monday in Valdosta after an inactive Meth lab was found in a vehicle in a Walmart parking lot.
According to Valdosta police, officers responded to a call about an argument between two people in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Walmart on Inner Perimeter Road just before 12:30 p.m.
When police ran the tag number on the vehicle they determined it was stolen. The officers also found an inactive Meth lab inside the vehicle.
"This could have been very bad, because it happened in a populated area," said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress.
They arrested Kevin Edwards, 47, and Teri Edwards, 42, of North Charleston, S.C.
Both had to be decontaminated before they could be taken to the Lowndes County Jail for booking. Lowndes County Narcotics Detectives reported that while the Methamphetamine lab was not yet active, the majority of components necessary to manufacture Methamphetamine were present, and it was clear they intended to start manufacturing Methamphetamine.
"In either case, all that stuff requires cleaning up," said Childress. "I don't think the public recognizes how dangerous these things can be."
Teri Edwards is charged with one count of Possession of substances with intent to manufacture of Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substances, a felony, and theft by Receiving Stolen Property, a misdemeanor.
Kevin Edwards is charged with one count of Possession of substances with intent to manufacture of Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substances, a felony, and theft by Receiving Stolen Property, a misdemeanor.
"The Valdosta Police Department is grateful for the combined assistance from both the Valdosta Fire Department and the Lowndes County Narcotics Unit," said Lieutenant Adam Bembry. "Had these individuals not been caught and arrested, there is no doubt that multiple civilians would have continued to be in close proximity to a dangerous combination of toxic chemicals."
Lowndes County Narcotics and the Valdosta Fire Department then arrived to help decontaminate both people and the vehicle.
"Look at what you see, listen, smell, if you see anything else that's fruits of an illegal activity, like in this case, act on it," said Childress.
Childress said that his officers and the community should continue being observant and diligent.
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