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August 7, 2013

Sheriff: Largest meth bust in Brooks history

QUITMAN — After eight months of investigation with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Brooks County Sheriff’s Office has busted the largest meth operation in Brooks County history, according to the sheriff.

Authorities have been looking at a particular suspect for years, but they had been unable to pin him, said Brooks County Sheriff Mike Dewey. However, thanks to a recent, detailed tip, Brooks County was able to get a search warrant.

On Monday, a raid was performed.

During the raid, authorities found an elaborate operation housed in old hog barns. Agents found and arrested a man reportedly working in one of the barns during the raid.

Three 500-gallon tanks of chemicals were removed from the site by DEA agents and an Atlanta-based lab task force. Agents also removed many other materials used in meth cooking. It took two days to remove all of the materials from the bust site.

“This is the largest meth bust ever in Brooks County history,” Dewey said.

The sheriff also said that they have now taken down one of the area’s major suppliers of meth.

According to Dewey, this operation and its operator were “putting a lot of meth out there on the streets.”

Clarence Edmondson, 70, was arrested and is charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth, possession of meth and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the sheriff said. Edmondson is being held in the Brooks County Jail without bond.

More charges are pending and more arrests might be made in the future, according to Brooks County officials.

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