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Officers stop vehicle, make arrest for meth

Authorities have arrested a man and a woman on charges that include possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop near Randall Hunt and Moose Club roads.

After a search of a residence, local and state authorities dismantled a methamphetamine operation.

The suspects have been charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, authorities say.

The suspects were identified as Selina Leann Edmunds, 31, of the 1000 block of Davis Circle, Dearing, and Ricky Dewayne Johnson, 49, of the 1700 block of Mount Pleasant Road, Thomson, according to a report filed by Deputy Alan Baldwin of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Jared Land helped him in making the arrests and searching the residence.

Ms. Edmunds was charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act -- two counts of possession of methamphetamine, the records show.

She also was charged with driving with a suspended license.

Mr. Johnson was charged with possession of methamphetamine.

The suspects were taken to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center.

Deputies were assisted in dismantling the methamphetamine lab by agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 7 Office in Thomson.

During a search of Mr. Johnson, Deputy Land discovered a plastic bag in in his pants pocket.

The bag contained white powder believed to be narcotics. A small bag fell from his pants . It also was believed to contain illegal narcotics.

After Deputy Baldwin asked Ms. Edmunds to step out of her vehicle, a plastic bag fell onto the doorjamb.

Like the ones recovered from Mr. Johnson, the bag contained a white powder.

A third passenger, identified as James Duff, was searched but not taken into custody.

Deputies also discovered three opened boxes of pseudoephedrine hydrochloride pills in the car, but they were all empty.

Ms. Edmunds told officers that Mr. Duff was being taken to the hospital for a staff infection when the car was stopped.

Deputy Land told her that he had received information from a "concerned citizen" that she had been cooking and manufacturing methamphetamine at her residence.

She allowed authorities to search her home.

Deputies Baldwin and Land went to the home on Davis Circle, accompanied by Ms. Edmunds. Mr. Johnson was taken to jail.

Ms. Edmunds reportedly led Deputies Baldwin and Land to a trash can that contained a green bottle containing a white powder.

Also found were four plastic bags with a white powder. Red flakes were in the powder. Ms. Edmunds reportedly said it might be crushed pseudoephedrine pills.

Deputies also found an empty package of lithium batteries, and underneath a sink, Deputy Land found a 24-ounce bottle, holding a powder at the bottom and a clear liquid at the top.

"The contents appeared to be what is known as an active one-pot methamphetamine shake lab," Deputy Baldwin said in his report.

Several other items also were found, and some were seized for evidence.

After finding those items, deputies notified GBI agents. Special agent Pat Morgan, who serves as assistant agent in charge of the local office, and special agent Mark Lavender were called to the residence to process the crime scene and remove the chemicals.

Web posted on Thursday, April 22, 2010

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