Deputies bust small meth lab

Posted: 31st August 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Deputies with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit busted a small methamphetamine lab in Thomasville this past week, Sheriff David Grice said Wednesday.

Deputies have charged Roger Allen Austin Jr., 49, Tarina Marie Sparks, 32, Michael Dean Johnson Jr., 31, all of 391 Calvin Road in Thomasville with felony manufacture of methamphetamine and felony possess/distribute methamphetamine precursor. Austin was arrested Tuesday and has since been released under a $5,000 secured bond, according to court documents. Sparks and Johnson received $50,000 secured bonds.

Austin, Sparks and Johnson are accused of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing precursor chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine. Grice said it was his understanding the small methamphetamine lab was found in a shed behind Austin’s home on Calvin Road.

Deputies were assisted by the State Bureau of Investigation in the Calvin Road incident. The offense, a warrant indicated, occurred Aug. 22.

“We had a lump (of methamphetamine labs) there for many years, and for about three years we had none,” Grice said. “These little small labs we are starting to run into them occasionally about once every three or four months. …. We are starting to see a little bit of resurgence of that but nothing of any consequence like it was a few years ago.”

The three people have a court date of Sept. 25.


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