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Three arrested in drug raids here

By Walter Geiger Narcotics officers and deputies from the Lamar County sheriff’s office arrested three people in raids on two separate alleged meth houses here this week. On June 10, narcotics investigators, acting on a tip from a concerned citizen, raided a residence at 474 Etheridge Mill Road. The tipster reported a man at the residence was cooking meth in a barn there. Charles Ray Sanders Jr., 46, of Milner was arrested after a ‘shake & bake’ meth lab was found in the barn. Sanders lived in a camper behind the home. He was arrested and charged with manufacturing meth. On June 13, a similar raid was conducted at property located at 222 Ennis Road here. Authorities seized meth, surveillance equipment, drug paraphernalia and a semi-automatic shotgun. Justin James Shirley, 38, was charged with sale and possession of meth, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime. A seco nd person at the residence, 19-year-old Abbey Colleen Walker, 19, of 528 Ramah Church Road, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects. ”We will continue to identify, investigate and incarcerate anyone that deals in illegal narcotics and we appreciate those who call our investigations division to provide information on drug dealers. This partnership between the community and local law enforcement has been the key to taking numerous criminals off the street this year and we value this relationship deeply,” sheriff Brad White said.

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