The Long County Sheriff’s Office recently made two methamphetamine drug busts and discovered what previously had been an active meth lab.
LCSO Lt. Danny Dinkins said he and agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Multi Agency Crack Enforcement Drug Task Force received information at around 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17 indicating that a drug-related crime might be occurring at a residence on Nancy Lane, which is off Elim Church Road.
Upon their arrival, one of the agents discovered an active meth lab cooking in the backyard of the home. They also located eight firearms after searching the residence.
Jerry Exum, 40, Kim Booth, 46, and Tracy Schaffer, 31, who all live at the residence, were charged with possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Schaffer also was charged with obstruction of an officer while in the performance of his duty.
Two days later, Dinkins said, a concerned citizen reported to the sheriff’s office Oct. 19 that he saw a possible drug lab in the woods near Smiley Crossroads, off Tower Road. Dinkins said that when he and the other agents arrived at the location that afternoon, they found evidence of what previously had been an active meth lab.
On Sept. 29, the sheriff’s office and the other agencies made another meth bust on Porter Cox Road in the Sand Hills Community, according to Dinkins.
The lieutenant said Toma T. Stewart and Tracy M. Boudreaux were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, cruelty to children in the presence of methamphetamine and the possession of marijuana (less than one ounce). Dinkins said Stewart also was charged with selling methamphetamine.
Exum, Booth, Schaffer, Stewart and Boudreaux currently are in jail, according to Dinkins.
In other news, the Long County Sheriff’s Office also:
• Arrested Joshua Wayne Aldridge on Oct. 16 and charged him with aggravated stalking and felony probation violation for his alleged involvement at a residence on Cypress Creek Drive.
• Arrested Alexander Gonzalez Rios and charged him with failure to comply and register as a sex offender. LCSO Lt. Tom Sollosi said Rios also is being investigating for possible involvement in a May 22 burglary in Allenhurst.