By Patti Dozier
THOMASVILLE — Lawmen found smoke — but no fire — in a freezer at a Donna Lane house.
Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division agents also found an active methamphetamine at the residence.
Agents were looking for Kirk Willis, who lives at another Donna Lane address.
A Thomas County Sheriff’s Office deputy went to Willis’ residence at 25 Donna Lane. The officer was told Willis was across the street at 48 Donna Lane, where he was cleaning a vacant house. The deputy, who saw Willis coming from the residence, went inside and recognized an odor consistent with a meth lab.
Narcotics agents responded and found the lab.
“There was an active meth lab in a sports drink bottle in the bathroom of this residence,” said Kevin Lee, narcotics/vice commander.
Also found in the bathroom was a plastic bottle with a protruding tube.
“This is what we call a gas generator,” Lee explained. “It is used in one of the final steps in manufacturing methamphetamine.”
In a freezer, officers found a smoking glass container that contained an off-white substance.
An agent certified to render a meth lab area safe put on protective gear and, using a breathing apparatus and fire-protective equipment, disarmed the meth lab.
Lee said agents discovered a number of components used to make the contraband in kitchen trash. The debris contained empty ephedrine pill boxes and peeled lithium batteries, among other items.
Willis, 43, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful possession of ephedrine.
Another person believed to be involved in the methamphetamine-producing operation is being sought.
By Patti Dozier
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