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Dustin Clemons (Source: CNT) Dustin Clemons (Source: CNT)
CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Dustin Clemons, 34, who was wanted on charges of conspiracy/attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act and trafficking meth, was taken into custody in Appling County Thursday night.

Clemons was arrested in connection with one of  two separate methamphetamine organizations that authorities say were operating in Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, and Bulloch counties. One probe goes back to 2011. 

In 2011, CNT began investigating several members of the Basham family after getting complaints of suspected drug activity.

In December 2011, Thomas Randall Basham, 36, and his wife Melodie Jaclyn Basham, 26, both of Pembroke, were arrested in Bryan County after the seizure of a meth lab. They were charged with manufacturing meth. Richmond Hill police charged them with meth-related in a separate investigation.        

In February, Thomas Basham's brother Roger Basham and Hope Mitchell were both arrested by the Richmond Hill police after the seizure of a meth lab in Richmond Hill. They were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.    

In March, while Thomas Basham out on bond for a 2011 CNT arrest, he was arrested by the Effingham County Sheriff's Office. Marcus Lindsey was also arrested. Thomas Basham and Lindsey were charged with unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine by the Effingham County Sheriff's Office. The pseudoephedrine was bought in Chatham County, according to the CNT.

CNT's investigation then focused the Basham's criminal empire rather than people arrested in the separate incidents. More family members and associates were conspiring to buy large amounts of pseudoephedrine and other items needed to make meth, according to the CNT.  

The conspiracy investigation found that the drug organization made or tried to make more than 236 purchases of pseudoephedrine over 17 months in 12 counties in Georgia and two counties in South Carolina. In some cases, the purchases were denied due to state and federal laws. 

It's estimated the organization had produced more than 14 ounces of meth and produced an estimated 200 meth labs. The meth would have an estimated street value of up to $40,000.

On March 26, CNT began a separate meth investigation after a discarded meth lab was discovered on Cuyler Road in Bryan County. 

Investigators found that components of that meth lab were bought or obtained in Chatham County. Christopher Davis, Heather Dunn, Kimberly Carney, and Lisa Williams were connected to the meth lab, according to the CNT. 

On May 22, 10 people in the Basham organization and the four people in the discarded meth lab incident were indicted in the Superior Court of Chatham County, according to the CNT. They were indicted on meth-related charges including: conspiracy or attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, trafficking meth and possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture meth.           

Early Wednesday morning, 10 arrests were made during the execution of a search warrant in the 4100 block of Bacontown Road in Pembroke.                                                          

CNT worked with the Chatham County Sheriff's Office, Bryan County Sheriff's Office, Bulloch County Sheriff's Office and the Tri Circuit Counter Drug Task Force, to carry out several arrest warrants and a search warrant throughout Chatham, Bryan and Bulloch counties.  

A search warrant was executed at a residence in the 4100 block of Bacontown Road in Pembroke. The search resulted in the arrests and seizure of methamphetamine and items commonly used in the manufacturing of meth.  

Thomas Basham was arrested and charged with conspiracy/attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute. 

Melodie Jaclyn Basham was arrested and charged with conspiracy/attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act and trafficking methamphetamine. 

Sharon Mulkey Basham, 62, of Pembroke, was arrested and charged with conspiracy/attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, trafficking methamphetamine and possession of substance to manufacture schedule II controlled substance. 

Roger Basham, 33, of Pembroke, was arrested and charged with conspiracy/attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, six counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute. 

David Allen Barnard, 46, of Pembroke, was arrested and charged with conspiracy/attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act and trafficking methamphetamine. 

Betty Deckard, 42, of Brooklet, was arrested and charged with conspiracy/attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act and trafficking methamphetamine. 

Hope Mitchell was arrested and charged with conspiracy/attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, trafficking methamphetamine and three counts of possession of substance to manufacture a Schedule II Controlled Substance. 

Christopher Thomas Davis, 29, of Guyton, was arrested and charged with conspiracy/attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of substance to manufacture a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

Heather Nicole Dunn, 22, of Pooler, was arrested and charged with conspiracy/attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act and unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine.

Kimberly Marie Carney, 28, of Savannah, was arrested and charged with conspiracy/attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of a substance to manufacture a Schedule II Controlled Substance and five counts of possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. 

Lisa Renee Williams, 33, of Savannah, was arrested and charged with conspiracy/attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of a substance to manufacture a Schedule II Controlled Substance. 

Of the 10 arrested people arrested Wednesday, Davis, Dunn and Mitchell were already in custody in the Bryan County Detention Center on meth-related charges.  

Roger Basham turned himself in at the Bryan County Detention Center earlier Thursday morning, according to CNT.       

The following people are sought by the CNT in connection with the drug investigation:

Marcus Lee Lindsay, 31, is wanted o charges of conspiracy/attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, trafficking methamphetamine and five counts of possession of a substance to manufacture a Schedule II Controlled Substance. He is described as a white male who is 5'10" tall and weighs 170 lbs.  He has brown eyes and brown hair. 

Tami Jo Hill, 52, is wanted on charges of conspiracy/attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, trafficking methamphetamine and three counts of possession of substance to manufacture a Schedule II Controlled Substance. She is described as a white female who is  5'10" and weighs 170 lbs. She has green eyes and blonde hair. 

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