The following press release has been issue by Sheriff Nicholson of the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Early Friday morning, Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Sgt. Greg McClure, Josh Chancy and Ryan Franklin, responded to 108 Northcutt Road to execute arrest warrants on a wanted person. During the execution of the warrants, officers observed what appeared to be a working Methamphetamine Lab. Deputies secured the offender, the other occupants, and the scene.
Due to a potential fire hazard, fire personnel were called to assess the volatility of the lab. Sheriff’s Detectives and Agents from the Zell Miller Mountain Parkway Drug Task Force were then called in and began processing the scene and dismantling the lab.
At this time, a male and female are being questioned regarding the lab. The male has been taken into custody and is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. This investigation is continuing and other persons could be arrested and/or other charges could be added.
Sheriff Nicholson stated he was very pleased that no one has been injured in this process. He said these cooking labs are very dangerous and commends his officers for doing an excellent job not only in the discovery and apprehension but also in following the procedures for processing the lab.
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