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Two men arrested with mobile meth lab

Local authorities arrested two local men on drug charges after they discovered a portable meth lab in a vehicle last Friday night.

Thomson Police Chief Joseph D. Nelson identified the suspects as Kenneth James Snellings, 31, of the 2700 block of Ellington Airline Road, Dearing and Walter Calvin Noggle, Jr., 29, of the 200 block of Harrison Road, Thomson.

The suspects each were charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possession of sale, manufacture, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance not in original container and Violation of the Georgia Seatbelt Law, according to records filed by TPD Sgt. John James.

Both suspects were jailed in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center.

Sgt. James, who was assisted by Chief Nelson and Officer Matt Massey, revealed in his report that he observed the driver of a 1978 Chevrolet El Camino pass along Main Street while he was sitting in the parking lot of Shoppes of Thomson about 8 p.m. Neither the driver nor his passenger had their seatbelts on as required by law.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Mr. Snellings, was pulled over in the parking lot of Walgreens by Sgt. James.

It later was discovered that Mr. Noggle was in the possession of a syringe. Such discovery led to a search of the vehicle by police.

Another syringe was found under the front seat, as well as pill bottle with its label torn off. The bottle contained 18 oblong-shaped white pills with the markings NVRD-20, police records reveal.

Sgt. James also found a box of Psedoephedrine under the seat, too. Other items also were found.

The items found were all components for what is commonly referred to in the drug world as "the one-pot method." Such a method involves mixing various ingredients together in a plastic bottle to make methamphetamine.

Web posted on Thursday, August 05, 2010

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