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Meth lab found in Salvisa home

December 28, 2007|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

SALVISA - State and county authorities discovered a Mercer County man cooking methamphetamine early today while attempting to serve warrants on a Salvisa resident.

James A. Woods III, 42, "was sitting on his couch cooking meth when the officers arrived at the house," said Mercer County Sheriff Chris Kerht. He said Woods also had physical signs of meth abuse and addiction.

Four officers from Mercer County Sheriff's Department and two state units went to the Walnut Street residence to follow up on an anonymous tip about the lab and serve two outstanding warrants, according to Kerht.

Deputy Sheriff Rick Moberly said when officers entered the house, they found illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. After a search warrant was obtained, they discovered a meth lab on the property.

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A state police clandestine drug unit was called to dismantle the lab.

Woods was arrested on warrants for flagrant nonsupport in Mercer County and failure to appear in court in Shelby County. Additional charges against him are pending while the investigation continues.

Mercer deputies assisting in the investigation are Timi Bell, Steve Williams and Paul Parks, along with state vehicle enforcement Officer Chad Mayes and Trooper Mike Rogers.

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