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‘Old school’ meth lab busted; standoff ends with deputy hospitalized

By Walter Geiger Acting on a tip, Lamar deputies raided a meth lab at a trailer on Aldora Street Friday morning. An active meth cook was underway in the trailer and one deputy had to be hospitalized after fumes affected his lungs. Dep. Jerry Meadows was taken to Upson Regional Hospital as a precaution but is expected to recover after breathing toxic fumes. Once deputies were on the scene, the suspect Tony Abernathy refused to come out and a 45-minute standoff ensued. He and a female eventually surrendered. Lamar firefighters set up a decontamination shower in the street, hosed them down and deputies took them to jail. Sheriff Brad White reported Abernathy is a convicted felon with similar charges and once pulled a gun on a GBI agent. The trailer housing the meth lab is owned by Georgia Ann Kominsky Hunt of Concord, according to tax records. Veteran lawman Lt. Chad Payne said, “It has been a long time since I have seen an old school meth lab like that.” For much more on this story, see the 8.1.17 print edition of The Herald Gazette.

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