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Meth lab found in home with small children


Four men are in jail tonight after investigators found an active meth lab in a Valdosta mobile home park.

Lowndes County authorities tell us several children were inside that mobile home as the meth was being made.

Janice Suevevans and her husband, along with their grandson work outside their home, just yards away from where an active meth lab was found. Also found in home were three children.

"They had youngins in the house? Oh lord. They did not need to be doing that with the kids in the house. It could have killed the kids, along with them too, along with everybody else," said Suevevans.

Last night Lowndes County Sheriff's investigators came to this mobile home to serve a violation of probation arrest warrant for Dwayne Howell.

"They began noticing the various smells associated with the methamphetamine operation, that's when they discovered the active lab inside the house," said Lt. Stryde Jones, LCSO.

They also found scales and packaged meth that authorities say was ready to be sold. Howell along with Michael Reed, Cornelius Howell, and Tavarius Kirk were all arrested.

"This is an extremely dangerous situation. Given the fact that you've got kids in there because there's so much potential, not just from the chemicals being emitted by the meth lab, but the danger of an explosion inside the residence. It had potential to be really bad," said Jones.

The lab was dismantled safely. Suevevans says she's thankful the danger to her grandchildren and the children in the home is gone.

"I'm real thankful y'all caught them before all that happened," said Suevevans.

The three children did not live at the home and were picked up by their mother.

The four men all face multiple charges including manufacturing meth in the presence of children and possession of meth with the intent to distribute.

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Four people are facing drug charges after Lowndes County Sheriff's Deputies found an active meth lab inside a home Thursday night.

Dewayne Howell, Michael Reed, Cornelius Howell, and Tavarius Kirk are all charged with possession and manufacturing meth, among other charges.

According to a report, investigators were serving a violation of probation arrest warrant for Dewayne Howell at 4637 Vienna Church Road.

While inside, deputies found the active meth lab, finished meth product, and three small children.

Officials say the children were removed and turned over to their mother, who was not at the home. Authorities later learned that the children do not live at the residence.

All four who were charged were taken to the Lowndes County Jail. They were also scheduled to appear in Lowndes County Magistrate Court Friday afternoon for a bond hearing.

Lowndes County Sheriff Prine urges anyone with information about this case to call the Sheriff's Office at 229-671-2950.

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