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BELTON — Anderson County sheriff’s deputies are looking for Jason Ramon Payne, a Belton man, following the discovery last week of a methamphetamine lab.

Investigators said the meth lab was in an outbuilding at 318 Major Road in Belton.

Payne, 35, is also wanted for probation violations.

Payne is white with blue eyes and has multiple tattoos. He is 5 feet 9 and weights 175 pounds. frame. He is listed as having a shaved head but would have brown hair.

Another man, William Bradley Ballard, 28, of Belton, was arrested Wednesday and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine at the Belton address.

Ballard remains in the Anderson County Detention Center. A judge has set a $25,000 surety bond for his release.

Anyone with knowledge of Payne’s whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (864) 260-4400. Anonymous tips can be called in to Anderson Area Crime Stoppers at (864) 231-STOP (864-231-7867) or submitted online at

Sheriff’s deputies broke up another meth lab Thursday in Iva. That lab is not related to the Belton one, said Chad McBride, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Michael Preston Pettigrew, 53, of Iva, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. He posted bail and was released Friday.

Deptuies said the lab, at 1613 Pettigrew Road, contained several jars, containers and liquids that would be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

“It was determined to be an active meth-cooking lab,” McBride said. He said the Belton lab also was classified as an active lab.

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