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Two Arrested After Strong Chemical Odor Leads Deputies To Meth Bust

Moultrie, GA- Colquitt County Sheriff's Deputies arrived to a house along Sylvester Drive Tuesday evening to to serve an arrest warrant to one of it's residents for violating probation. However, it didn't take long for them to realize they also had another situation on their hands.

"After entering the house, it had a chemical odor and they called the drug agency, in which the drug agency could identify it as being associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine," explained Lt. Steve Exum with the Moultrie-Colquitt County Drug Task Force.

After searching the house, agents found various materials commonly used to create meth.

"Fuel, tubing, filters; there's really no other reason to have all these items in your house and not have the end result be methamphetamine," Exum said.

Kelly Gunn, 33, and Jerry Tidwell, 37, were then arrested and charged with attempt to manufacture methamphetamine.

HAZMAT crews were also called in to get rid of the dangerous materials. Neighbors who live near the house say they're thankful no one was injured.

"I got a son; he's a junior and he's four-years-old. I mean, anything could have blown up over there. I mean, he could have got hurt, my nephew could have got hurt, my brother; anybody," said Johnny Green who lives across the street.

Drug agents say they don't believe Gunn and Tidwell acted alone. They're currently interviewing more individuals and say they anticipate more arrests to be made in connection to this case.

Tidwell's bond was set at $40,000 and Gunn's was set at $10,000. Both remain at Colquitt County Jail.


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