Acting on a call about a suspicious smell in a residential neighborhood of Thomson early last Sunday, local and state authorities discovered a meth lab and subsequently arrested a man on assorted drug charges.
It is believed to be the first meth lab ever found on residential property inside the city limits, authorities said.
Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) were notified and helped to dismantle the meth lab. An environmental firm from Atlanta, contracted out by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) also was called to the scene to place various chemicals and other items from the meth lab into specialized sealed containers. The containers will be sent to Oklahoma where they will be destroyed in an incinerator.
Robert Morecraft, 46, of the 500 block of Hillcrest Drive, Thomson, was taken into custody by Sgt. John James of the Thomson Police Department and Deputies Jared Land and Robert Hoffman of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department.
Mr. Morecraft was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for manufacturing methamphetamine, according to police records. Sgt. James obtained a warrant charging Mr. Morecraft with the drug offense after meeting with City Court Judge David Moore on Sunday night.
Morecraft was jailed at the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center.
Sgt. James and Deputy Land found chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine in a shed located in the back yard of where the suspect lives.
The residence is located at the intersection of Hillcrest Drive and Truman Street.
"There were two one-pot meth labs involved here," Pat Morgan, assistant special agent in-charge of the GBI Region 7 Office in Thomson told reporters at the scene. "They both appeared to be operational, but not in production."
Discovered were two 20-ounce plastic bottles and several other items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, Agent Morgan said.
Local and state authorities are continuing their investigation into this case.