Moultrie Observer

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October 9, 2013

Agents bust meth lab

MOULTRIE — Drug agents investigating a pseudoephedrine purchase found a suspected methamphetamine cooking operation and finished methamphetamine packaged for sale.

When officers arrived a the 522 Indian Lake Drive residence of Timothy Lynn Summerlin, they found burnt blister packs that had contained medicine in a garbage can outside, said Cmdr. Steve Exum of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Drug Enforcement Team.

Officers were aware that there were active arrest warrants for Summerlin on probation violation charges, and his name had appeared on a list of recent purchasers of medication containing pseudoephedrine.

Pseudoephedrine is the main active ingredient in methamphetamine and one for which manufacturers cannot substitute.

Georgia law requires retailers to keep pseudoephedrine and related products behind the counter and confirm identities of purchasers and keep records of transactions that are made available to law enforcement agencies. The state also requires that all pseudoephedrine products be packaged in blister packages.

“When the door was opened, there was a chemical smell” coming from the residence, Exum said. “We did a earch of the residence. We discovered two of what they (meth cookers) refer to as one-pot cook vessels inside the house.”

Due to the excessive presence of chemicals in the residence, the enforcement team summoned personnel from Lowndes County who are equipped with masks and breathing equipment, Exum said. Those officers dismantled the operation and gathered evidence that will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for analysis.

In addition to the suspected meth being cooked, officers found two grams of finished product packaged for sale, Exum said.

Summerlin, 49, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of tools for the commission of a crime and two counts of probation violation.


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