Geneva County Meth Bust

Geneva County Sheriff Greg Ward says his officers have broken up a large-scale crystal-meth operation.

On Monday, a search warrant was served at the home of Chris and Regina Lewis several miles North of Slocomb. Officers reportedly found a large amount of meth, along with the chemicals to make it.

They along with Jimmy Grantham of Wicksburg, face several serious drug felony charges, including manufacture and possession of crystal methamphetamine.

Darren McArdle of Cowarts was also arrested and faces a charge of possession of meth.

Over the next twelve hours after that, Geneva Police and the Geneva County Sheriff's Department were involved in two more raids.

In the first case, authorities arrested 36-year-old Donna Stiles and 23-year-old Terri Lynn Farris at a home in Geneva County's Mims Hill Community.

The women were reportedly about to cook a batch of the highly addictive narcotic.

From there, officers served a search warrant at a residence in the Bellwood Community.

Initially, Greg Moore was arrested on theft of livestock, but authorities found evidence of a drug lab. He also faces charges of possession and manufacture of meth. Extended Web Coverage

Fast Facts About Meth

  • Methamphetamine use among high school seniors more than doubled between 1990 and 1996.

  • Women are more likely to use meth than cocaine.

  • The average meth "cook" annually teaches ten others how to make meth.

  • Every pound of meth produced leaves behind five to six pounds of toxic waste.

  • Seizures of clandestine meth labs in the Midwest increased tenfold from 1995 to 1997.

  • Methamphetamine accounts for up to 90 percent of all drug cases in many Midwest communities.

  • Methamphetamine kills by causing heart failure, brain damage and stroke.

  • Methamphetamine-induced paranoia has led to numerous murders and suicides.

  • Methamphetamine produces hallucinations.

  • Meth users are the hardest to treat of all drug users.

  • Meth lab site cleanups can cost up to $150,000.

  • Methamphetamine is highly addictive.

  • Meth use increases risk of child abuse and neglect and domestic violence.

Many people may be unaware that they're living near a meth lab. Here are some things to look for:

  • Unusual, strong odors (like cat urine, ether, ammonia, acetone or other chemicals).
  • Residences with windows blacked out.
  • Renters who pay their landlords in cash. (Most drug dealers trade exclusively in cash.)
  • Lots of traffic - people coming and going at unusual times.
  • There may be little traffic during the day, but at night the activity increases dramatically.
  • Excessive trash including large amounts of items such as: antifreeze containers, lantern fuel cans, red chemically stained coffee filters, drain cleaner and duct tape.
  • Unusual amounts of clear glass containers being brought into the home.

Source: [Koch Crime Institute]