Effingham Neighbors Speak Out Against Meth Labs

Posted: 25th September 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Over the weekend, investigators arrested 42-year-old Benjamin Groover of Bloomingdale. He?s now facing a variety of charges including manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine.

 

EFFINGHAM COUNTY — A local county has an unsavory reputation.

You may have even heard the slang term “Methingham.” Police say they know all about it.

Over the weekend, investigators arrested 42-year-old Benjamin Groover of Bloomingdale. He’s now facing a variety of charges including manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine.

Neighbors are worried and frustrated. They say they are tired of these types of crimes happening in their communities.

They describe their Meldrim neighborhood as once being a quiet and safe place to live — but over the years, they say it has changed — as more of their neighbors land behind bars for cooking up meth, instead of supper.

“I have two kids in middle school and they catch the bus right across from where this happened.”

Ronee Gaines is in shock after learning that the man just a few houses up is now behind bars for running a methamphetamine lab in her neighborhood. Now, she is looking for a new place to live.

“I don’t really want to be in this neighborhood anymore. I want something a little safer. I don’t think a meth lab on my street is safe at all.”

David Ehsanipoor, with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office agrees. He says Benjamin Groover has been arrested for manufacturing meth in the past, and what they found this time was a decent sized operation.

“This was an active meth lab and they can be dangerous. There are several different kinds of meth labs these days, but they can all be dangerous because of the chemicals inside. It could definitely pose a threat to the person making it, not to mention the deputies going in there and the neighbors.”

Because the drug is quick and cheap, he says it has grown into a countywide epidemic.

“There is crime everywhere, not just in Effingham. There is meth in other counties as well. We have adopted that name, ‘Methingham County’. This stuff is everywhere. We just let the public know about it.”

And it’s something the sheriff’s office is fighting every day.

“We have an investigator with our drug team, and his job is to check the pseudoephedrine logs at the drug stores. If we see a pattern on someone that is buying a large amount of pseudoephedrine, a lot of times it leads us to these meth labs.”

The Sheriff’s Office says they can’t do it alone; they need citizens’ help to fight drugs in the county. They said you should get to know your neighbors and if you see suspicious activity, report it — because it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

 

 

 

 

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