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Man arrested on drug charges at marina

A Lincoln County man acting suspicious at Raysville Marina last Friday morning when questioned by a pair of McDuffie County deputies later was arrested on drug charges.

Authorities also learned from the suspect that he had been operating a methamphetamine lab on property in neighboring Lincoln County.

The suspect was identified as Mark Alan Hughes, of the 3100 block of Highway 220 West, Lincolnton, according to a report filed by McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jared Land.

Mr. Hughes was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possession and trafficking of methamphetamine by McDuffie County authorities. Similar charges were expected to be filed by Lincoln County authorities since that is where the meth lab was discovered following Mr. Hughes' arrest.

The case unfolded when a man telephoned a 911 dispatcher concerning a suspicious vehicle parked at the marina. The caller said he could see someone walking around with a flashlight, according to Deputy Land's report.

Deputies Land and Alan Baldwin responded to the call.

Mr. Hughes told authorities he was waiting on a friend to arrive so they could go fishing in the fish house. Deputy Land later learned, however, that the suspect had no fishing poles or rod and reels.

The suspect later gave deputies consent to search his vehicle for any illegal narcotics or contraband. During the search, Deputy Baldwin discovered a glass jar behind the passenger's seat in the map compartment. It contained what was described as an off-white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine.

"The glass container was consistent with what was known to me to be the device used in the final manufacturing process when manufacturing methamphetamine," Deputy Land said.

Mr. Hughes reportedly admitted that the substance in the jar was methamphetamine.

"He advised that he had cooked some meth earlier in the night and that this was the remaining portion of his product," Deputy Land said in his report.

Lincoln County authorities were notified of the possible meth lab at the residence of Mr. Hughes' mother. The lab later was dismantled

Web posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010

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