The Effingham County Sheriff's Office says they discovered more than 100 one-pot meth labs.
Daryl Westenbarger, Donald Wilt (Source: Effingham Co. Sheriff's Office)
EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -
Two men are in custody after the Effingham County Sheriff's Office busted the largest methamphetamine operation in the county's history on Wednesday.
Authorities discovered 136 one-pot meth labs, 42 generators, several products to manufacture methamphetamine including camp fuel, pseudoephedrine and 150 lbs. of items testing positive for methamphetamine at a home on McLaws Road. Twenty-five lbs. of actual meth with a street value of about $10,000 was discovered during the operation, according to the sheriff's office.
The meth making was all done within the house in the 2 liter Coke bottles, according to the Effingham County Sheriff's Office. Some of the one-pot labs were active at the time when investigators got inside.
Daryl Westenbarger, 56, and Donald Wilt, 61, both of Guyton, have been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of tools during the commission of a crime.
"This is a huge success for us in the battle to eradicate this dangerous drug from our community," Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie said in a press release. The operation today will decrease the amount of methamphetamine sold in our area. Drugs are in all surrounding areas but we feel it is the public's right to know what goes on in our county whether good, or bad. We depend on the communities support to fight all crimes in the county."
"Methingham. Have you heard of that? That's where we get our reputation from," said Chelsey Grooms, a next-door neighbor.
"We know some people think that we are known for meth but we believe meth is just not in Effingham but it is everywhere. We just take a very proactive stance," said David Ehsanipoor, Effingham County Sheriff's Office.
Westenbarger and Wilt are being held in the Effingham County Jail without bond.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:35 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:35:52 GMT
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