BONEVILLE, Ga. --- Two people are facing charges in connection with the most recent discovery of a methamphetamine lab in McDuffie County.
The lab was found Dec. 17 near Boneville, according to McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall.
"We're trying to do everything we can do to clean up the drug problem in this county," Sheriff Marshall told The McDuffie Mirror .
The suspects were identified in a report prepared by Deputy Jared Land as:
Brian Lee Johnson, of the 1800 block of Boneville Road, Dearing;
Judith Mary Collins, of the 1300 block of Christine Drive, Thomson.
Both were charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for trafficking in methamphetamine. Mr. Johnson also was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the report.
Sharon Sims, a dispatcher with the McDuffie County Emergency 911 Center, told Deputy Land earlier that she had received a call from a person reporting an "active meth lab" in the county. The call was transferred to Deputy Land.
Deputy Land was told that the lab was at a residence in the 2300 block of Boneville Road.
Deputy Land said he received information from Investigator Al Reeves about people cooking meth in that area in the past. The investigator said he had told the owner of the residence what he had heard.
At that time, Mr. Johnson, who is not the owner, showed the investigator where two inactive meth labs had been thrown. No charges were filed.
In the latest incident, Deputy Land and Deputy Alan Baldwin parked their patrol cars and walked some distance to the residence. Deputy Land said he saw Mr. Johnson holding a clear Gatorade bottle with an orange top.
"Based on my training and experience, the bottle was consistent with what appeared to me to be a one-pot methamphetamine manufacturing device," Deputy Land said in his report. "I could see that the contents of the bottle appeared to be an off-white and red granular substance." Deputy Land said he continued to watch from the roadway and that he later saw Mr. Johnson holding a smaller plastic bottle with a red cap.
"The bottle had a significant amount of smoke coming from it," Deputy Land said. "Mr. Johnson frantically ran to the end of the porch and threw the bottle out into the roadway, nearly hitting me. As the bottle landed on the asphalt, a brown liquid substance spewed from the top. When the liquid made contact with the roadway, it started to bubble up and smoke."
Mr. Johnson was taken into custody. During a search of Mr. Johnson, Deputy Baldwin found a loaded Bryco Arms .380-caliber pistol.
"While talking to (Mr. Johnson), I heard a loud compressed-air sound erupt and all of a sudden saw a brilliantly bright flame that appeared to be exploding from some sort of item near the fence just down from us," Deputy Land said.
The deputy later discovered that the explosion came from a 2-liter plastic bottle.
"I could see what appeared to be crushed pseudoephedrine pills that had been strewn all over the ground during the explosion," he added.