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Within the past two weeks, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department deputies have recovered four methamphetamine labs and busted an ecstasy lab, a first for local law enforcement.
A tip about a meth lab led deputies to 21 Camargo Road early Friday morning where a small child was present at the residence.
“We found all the chemicals and all the components to cook meth, as well as some finished product,” said Deputy Mike Pitts.
Deputies said there was a three-year-old male child inside the residence. The Department of Children’s Services was notified about the child, and four individuals were arrested.
Manuel Shane Nichols, 28, 194 Boonshill-Petersburg Road, Petersburg, was charged with promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and child endangerment. He was held on $52,000 bond.
Dustin Shane Thomas, 27, 170 Morris Forbes Road, was charged with the promotion and manufacture of methamphetamine and child endangerment. He was released on $42,000 bond.
Nicholas Alexander Woodard, 19, 8 Plainville Drive, was charged with initiating the process of the manufacture of methamphetamine and child endangerment. He was held at the Lincoln County Jail on $92,000 bond.
Stephanie Marie Rutherford, 24, 14 Jenkins Road, was charged with the promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and child endangerment. She was held on $35,000 bond.
On Thursday afternoon, a two-vehicle wreck on Bear Wallow Road led deputies to a one-pot meth lab inside a 2009 Nissan Altima driven by Thomas Wayne Winn of Fayetteville.
“He had a complete one-pot meth lab with extra chemicals,” said Pitts.
In addition to Winn, there was a female inside the vehicle, who was not charged. Winn ran from the scene and had not yet been apprehended as of Monday morning. Winn is a white male, six-feet tall, 145 pounds, with brown eyes and hair. He also has several tattoos.
No one was injured in the accident, investigated by State Troopers Mike Hill and Aaron Vick.
Authorities also made their first-ever bust for ecstasy, according to Sheriff Murray Blackwelder. During that investigation, deputies also recovered a large amount of hash and about two- and one-half pounds of marijuana.
Terrance Benedict Wyatt, 23, was arrested on Nov. 28. Wyatt, of Fayetteville, was charged with possession of schedule VI (Hashish), possession of schedule VI and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $1,600 bond.
In two separate incidents, meth labs were discovered on the east and west ends of the counties. Active warrants have been issued for Josh Shutt and Jeremy Blake Newman.
Michael Brandon Bowden, 30, of 18 Clemons Road, Flintville, was charged Monday morning with promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine. That arrest was in relation to the case on the east end of the county. He was held on $1,500 bond. Deputy Pitts made the arrest.