Narcotics Agents Follow Smell and Discover Meth Lab In Man's Backyard

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By: Kara Duffy
March 14, 2013

Thomasville, GA- A tip from a caller led Thomasville Narcotics Agents to a mobile home along Patten Coolidge Road. That's where they found 44-year-old Scott Singletary, the man accused of running a meth lab right in his backyard.

"We responded to this location and we saw Mr. Singeltary and another male in the backyard near an older model grill. When they saw us, they ran," said Kevin Lee, the Thomas County-Thomasville Narcotics Vice Commander.

Drug agents say the two men didn't get very far. Within minutes, officers caught up with them. Singletary, however, left behind a trail of evidence during his attempted escape.

"We saw him throw something to the ground which ended up being three cellophane wraps with at least one of them containing methamphetamine," said Lee.

Officers say while they were questioning the men back at the house, they got a whiff of a strong order that's commonly associated with meth.

They followed the smell into nearby woods and that's where they found, what they call, a 'shake and bake' meth lab.

"It's all done in one container," Lee said. "It's very volatile and has a high chance of exploding and producing fire, so it's very dangerous to us and very dangerous to the cook."

Singletary was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

The other man was not arrested or charged.

Narcotics agents say Singletary was out on bond for a previous methamphetamine charge when this arrest was made.

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