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Neighbors react after meth lab found in apartment complex

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Two people have been arrested and face several charges after a routine eviction led to the discovery of a meth lab.

The Chatham County Sheriff's Office says one of their deputies was completing an eviction order on July 2 at an apartment complex on White Bluff Road, when something caught his eye.

The deputy reported seeing coffee filters with a pinkish substance on them that sent up red flags. Members of the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team then responded and located all of the elements to make a full blown meth lab inside of the apartment.

The occupants, Raymond McKinney, 27, and Sabrina Rudolph, 23, were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Chatham County Narcotic officials said the vapors and gases coming from a lab like this can cause explosions and the fumes that people breathe in can threaten people's health.

"The fumes it puts off, wherever they can go, it is going to contaminate it. It can get into the ventilation system and it can seep through walls," said Agent Larry Harris, with the Chatham County Narcotics Unit.

"They will put everything in there (plastic bottle) and right away you have an explosive hazard cause it builds up all sorts of pressure." said Harris.

People around the area had no idea and were nervous about the discovery.

"I am actually really surprised," said a neighbor that lives at Colonial Village. "I didn't even hear, I just can't believe this happened here. This area is very quiet. Everybody is friendly and there is no noise. I really think it's a nice neighborhood."

WTOC spoke to the man that lived next door to the lab.

"Anything that went up into the ceiling concerns me, as far as fumes or residue or things like that. Anytime they opened their door something could have come out and headed my way," said Pat Pearce, who lives next door.

"Their lack of concern for others is pretty incredible," added Pearce about McKinney and Rudolph.

The other issue with this lab is that generally, meth producers often dump their chemicals and waste with no regards to safety or sanitation, so it may get in creeks and rivers or animals may get a hold of it.

"I would say it is at the top for most dangerous things to produce," said Harris.

The GA Dept of Natural Resources and Chatham County Health Department are responsible for the follow-up to ensure the property owner cleans up the property.

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