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Four arrested for running meth leb

WARRENTON, Ga. -- Armed with a search warrant, local and state law enforcement authorities raided a mobile home where four people were taken into custody for what authorities say was a meth lab in full operation.

The raid, conducted shortly before 10 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 2, was spearheaded by the Warren County Sheriff's Department with assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Warren County Sheriff Joe Peebles identified the suspects arrested as:

Jesse Leroy Hadden, 46, of the 200 block of Harrison Road, Thomson;

Daphne Maria Palmer, 31, of the 100 block of Parkway Drive, Warrenton;

Jody Kay Ashley, 34, of the 1600 block of Augusta Highway, Thomson; and

India Darlene Whitener, 50, of the 200 block of Harrison Road, Thomson.

Each of the suspects was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for manufacturing methamphetamine, Sheriff Peebles said. They were jailed in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson.

Authorities executed the search warrant at the residence of Ms. Palmer, a woman who previously has been arrested on drug charges in neighboring McDuffie County.

"The meth lab was fully operational when we got there," Sheriff Peebles said. "They were cooking the meth at the time."

Agents from the GBI Region 7 Office in Thomson, including Assistant Special Agent in-charge Pat Morgan and Special Agent Charles Kicklighter, as well as Deputies Sammy Purvis, Joey Akers and Jamie Henning took part in the raid. Other GBI agents also participated from around the Athens area.

(Donna Branch, the news director of WTHO radio station in Thomson, news partners with The McDuffie Mirror contributed to this story).

Web posted on Thursday, August 12, 2010

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