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Three arrested after raid on home

Three people were taken into custody on drug charges after local and state authorities raided a residence where they found drugs and items used to manufacture methamphetamine last week.

A report filed by Deputy Jared Land of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department revealed the identities of the three suspects as: William Keith Griffin, of the 200 block of Morningside Drive, Selina Leann Edmunds, of the 1000 block of Davis Circle, Dearing, and Anthony Duckworth, of Lincolnton.

They were charged with various offenses involving Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. In particularly, Mr. Griffin was charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine and one count of possession of drug-related objects. Additionally, a parole warrant was served against him.

The three were taken to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center following the subsequent drug raid and arrests on March 31.

Authorities raided the residence of Mr. Griffin at 11:10 p.m. Lawmen, according to Deputy Land's report, were acting on complaints from residents in the area, who said they had heard explosions and expressed concerns about the possibility of drug activities there.

Authorities had also made aware that Mr. Griffin kept his property under surveillance -- using a large screen television which he had hooked up to an infrared camera -- mounted outside. In addition, the suspect also had a motion sensor installed along his driveway, which provided an audible signal if anyone came up.

Mr. Griffin and Ms. Edmunds were found in the master bedroom when lawmen entered. Mr. Griffin had three folding knives and two plastic bags believed to contain methamphetamine.

Authorities also discovered numerous open syringes and a box of plastic bags lying on the bed. In addition, a set of digital scales also was found, along with some pills, spoons and torn plastic bags. Also found were chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, such as Drano, ammonium nitrate and Lithium batteries. A small amount of marijuana also was found in the master bedroom.

While lawmen were searching the residence, Mr. Duckworth drove up and subsequently was arrested for being in the possession of marijuana.

A search of a wooded area near the home revealed a plastic bag that contained clear tubing, empty narcotic pill bottles and an open Lithium battery missing its strip, Deputy Land said in his report.

Web posted on Thursday, April 08, 2010

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