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Agents find drug paraphernalia
Home raid uncovers equipment likely used to make meth
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David Gilbert - photo by Photo provided.

Agents from the Multi Agency Crack Enforcement team and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation raided a mobile home Friday in Liberty County and seized equipment they believe was used to manufacture a significant amount of meth, which then was distributed around the region.

According to MACE Agent-in-Charge Lt. Jeff Hein, officials raided the home in the 5200 block of Highway 196 West in Gum Branch around 9 a.m. Inside the home, agents said, they found a woman, later identified as Virginia Burke, and six children ranging in age from 2 to 11 years. Burke was arrested and faces two charges related to the possession of a controlled substance, one charge of unlawful possession of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine and  six charges of cruelty to children. She appeared in magistrate court and was denied bond.

Officials also are looking for a man who reportedly lives at the residence on Highway 196 West. David Gilbert, 41, is wanted for questioning in connection with the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine and cruelty toward children. Anyone with information about Gilbert’s whereabouts should call Hein at 977-0917.

Hein said this raid came after a month-long investigation of the home and the obtainment a warrant through the GBI’s drug agency, which is certified in identifying meth and the equipment used to manufacture the drug.

The Gum Branch Fire and Rescue Department provided additional support during the raid because meth, a volatile substance, may explode if not handled properly.

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