Thursday, May 20, 2010
Two men face meth lab charges
By SUE WATSON
Two suspects were arrested Friday in the operation of a methamphetamine laboratory in the Potts Camp area, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
He said the arrests and charges follow several months of investigation.
Jerry Paul Mills Jr., 47, of 510 Tippah River Road, Potts Camp, was arrested and charged with possession of precursor chemicals, possession of methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia, he said. Mills is out of jail on $10,000 bond.
Also arrested was Billy Larry Conlee, 51, of 2768 Highway 349 South, Potts Camp, according to Dickerson. Conlee was charged with possession of precursors and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. He remained in jail Tuesday on $5,000 bond.
Several additional arrests are anticipated from the investigation, the sheriff said. Officers with Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Potts Camp Fire Department and the Holly Springs Hazardous Material team helped sheriff’s investigators with clean-up because the meth lab was active, the sheriff said.
He urged citizens to report any suspicious activity to 662-252-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 800-729-2169 because of the uptick in methamphetamine problems in Marshall County and the region.
In another incident, sheriff’s investigators were called to investigate a break-in at Ed’s Pawn Shop at Watson overnight May 14. The sheriff’s department was called after an employee arrived the next day to find the side door of the business cut open.
A video camera could have caught images of the vehicle driven during the break-in in which numerous firearms were stolen, Dickerson said. Several of the firearms were already reported to have been stolen from Memphis, taken to a pawn shop and now stolen again, he said.
Officers with the sheriff’s department and ATF are assisting in the investigation. Anyone who has any information that could help identify the person(s) responsible for the break-in is asked to report to the sheriff’s department or Crime Stoppers. A reward may be offered for information leading to the identification of the person responsible and to a conviction.
Dickerson said crimes of theft and break-ins are on the upswing due to the slow economy.
“We continue to counter these thefts and break-ins, but I cannot stress enough the importance of the public being a deterrent – using their watchful eyes to assist their neighbors and community businesses keep on the lookout for suspicious persons or activities,” Dickerson said. “A small lead can make a big difference in whether or not we solve a crime.”
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