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02/11/05 - Angelina County

Half A Dozen People Arrested in Meth Busts

by Ramonica R. Jones

Donnell Sallas and Jennifer Easley are no longer in the meth making business. Their home on Herman Nerren Road was raided Thursday.

Investigator Dawn Stripling said, "We found some powder residue, which tested positive for methamphetamine, and we also found more than 400, but less than 200 grams of methyl."

Drugs aren't the only thing authorities have to worry about when they raid a meth lab.  Guns are almost always at the scene.

"In the first residence [on Herman Nerren Road], there were approximately 26 weapons that ATF gathered and took to their office," Stripling said.

James Williams, Chad Sand, Carrie Savel and Jason Carr also face drug charges.  They didn't get caught with meth on Old Wells Highway, but making meth was apparently their intention.  Authorities found precursors, which means they had everything they needed to start a lab. 

It took an entire day to shut down both labs, but investigators had the homes under surveillance for about two months.

"You'd be surprised at the people that are using the methamphetamine, and it's really sad because it devastates a family."

Several tips led to the meth busts, but there's something else authorities are always on the look out for: burglary.  Some meth users tend to steal what they need to start a lab.  You should always etch the serial number or your driver's license number on things like power tools to make them easy to identify if they're ever stolen.  Many of these missing items are later found in meth labs.

The Deep East Texas Regional Task Force, DPS, and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms helped bust the meth labs.  All six suspects are in the Angelina County jail facing multiple drug charges.

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