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September 12, 2013

Meth bust lands 3 in jail-4th person jailed on unrelated charge

Jasper — A meth lab was busted in White Springs on Tuesday, Sept. 10, ending in the arrest of four people, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

The Hamilton County Drug Task Force (DTF) was tipped off to an active methamphetamine lab inside an apartment on Jewett Street in White Springs. The DTF determined the safety of the public and other tenants in the building were at risk as dangerous fumes from meth “cooks” can be fatal and highly explosive, so they conducted an exigent entry, which was made without incident, reports show.

Inside the apartment deputies found two males and one female; John Philip Brantley, 33, 16068 Jewett St., White Springs; Dekeondris Shunquez Taylor, 24, 166 Friendship Way, White Springs; and Shannon Alford Williams, 36, 11710 CR 6 East, Jasper, according to arrest reports.

In plain view on the kitchen counter deputies found synthetic marijuana. Brantley, the renter of the apartment, was advised why law enforcement was there and was taken outside. Brantley told deputies there was nothing in the apartment and that they could search the residence, which they did, reports state.

The arrest reports showed the items discovered in the search were a yellow plastic bag of synthetic marijuana in Taylor’s pants pocket, a clear plastic hose in the kitchen that field tested positive for meth, a meth pipe with residue in the bathroom, a cocaine smoking device with residue in a bedroom closet, as well as a copper Brillo pad and a package of empty plastic baggies commonly used to package drugs. A prescription bottle of cyclobenzaprine belonging to Robert Thompson was also found in the bedroom closet.

Additionally, two digital scales were found in a linen closet and two iPhones belonging to Brantley and Taylor were found on the living room floor. In an outside utility closet deputies found a glass fish tank with a plastic funnel inside that had meth residue on it, and a gallon jug of Sulfuric acid. Seven other items were discovered that contained unknown liquids that later field tested positive for meth oil. The total approximate weight of the suspected meth oil was 950 grams, authorities said.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was immediately contacted and a Hazmat team was dispatched to the scene to pick up the hazardous materials. All subjects were decontaminated by Hamilton County EMS and Genoa Fire Department without incident. The three subjects were transported to Hamilton County Jail, according to HCSO.

Further investigation revealed that Taylor and Brantley had been purchasing amounts of Pseudoephedrine consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamines. All three subjects were charged with possession of narcotic equipment, manufacture of meth and possession of synthetic drugs, authorities said.

A fourth person, Cecil Kevin Register, 34, 10260 SE 160 Lane, White Springs, pulled up to the scene of the ongoing investigation at the apartment just after 1 p.m. that same day and got out of his vehicle. He approached the deputies on scene and it was learned he was driving with a suspended license. Register was arrested and transported to Hamilton County Jail for knowingly driving without a license, according to his arrest report.

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