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May 15, 2014

Meth lab busted in Jennings

Jasper — Three Jennings residents were busted for manufacturing methamphetamines after an anonymous tip led authorities to a residence in the West Lake Farms subdivision, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).

Charlotte Marie Green, 46, Rebekah Marie Church, 22, and Matthew Blake Vickers, 26, all residing at 4730 NW 60 Dr. in Jennings, were arrested by the Hamilton County Drug Task Force on Thursday, May 8, and booked into the Hamilton County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of narcotic equipment and drug possession. All three were being held on $45,000 bond each, according to arrest reports.

HCSO had received an anonymous complaint about an active meth lab at the residence in the West Lake Farms subdivision. When deputies from the Drug Task Force arrived at the scene at 4:15 p.m., Green denied the allegation, but wouldn’t allow a search of nearby burn piles without a warrant. Deputies left the scene, but later returned to the residence, along with the fire department, after dispatch received a call of a large brush fire at the same location, reports show.

Upon arrival at the scene, deputies observed a large amount of smoke behind the residence, close to the tree line. Visible in a large burn pile were large limbs and household garbage, along with a cooler. The Department of Forestry confirmed that no burn permit had been issued. Green’s son, Matthew Vickers, told deputies he was the one who lit the fire without a permit, HCSO said.

Reports state that another pile containing suspected meth cooking equipment was burning near the back porch of the home. Deputies now had probable cause to detain all three residents, who were asked to have a seat on the back porch, along with a small child. A safety search of Vickers revealed a baggie in his pocket that contained a coffee filter and suspected meth that field tested positive.

Once the fire department doused the larger fire behind the home, items were identified in the pile as indicative of meth production. A search of the home revealed a strong chemical smell in the master bedroom, as well as various meth production items and meth residue.

EMS was summoned to the scene to begin decontamination of the home’s occupants, after which they were transported to the Hamilton County Jail.

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