clandestine methamphetamine lab buste...

clandestine methamphetamine lab busted in cherokee county

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Since: Jan 11

Blairsville, GA

#1 Mar 18, 2011
Murphy, NC— On Thursday March 17, 2011 Narcotics Investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office seized a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory at 154 Dinkins Creek Road in the Hanging Dog Community of Cherokee County North Carolina.

In connection with the seizure of the lab, Cherokee County Narcotics Investigators arrested Mitchell Leon Hughes, 36 of Farner, Tennessee, for possession and manufacture of methamphetamine. Kristain Taylor Watson, 18 of Murphy was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Dustin Alan Whitener, 24 of Murphy, was arrested for exceeding the pseudoephedrine purchase limits, and Susan McAfee Russell, 49 of Murphy, was arrested for possession of a precursor chemical with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Hughes was confined in the Cherokee County Detention Center on a $70,000.00 secure bond. Whitener is currently being held on a $15000.00 secure bond in the Cherokee County Detention Center. Russell is currently being held at the Cherokee County Detention Center on a $15,000.00 secure bond. Watson was set a bond of $3000 secured and was released on Friday March 18, 2011.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Special Response Team. Hazardous Materials Cleanup response services were provided by Advanced Environmental Options of Greenville, South Carolina.

Hughes was arrested previously in October of 2010 for the manufacture of methamphetamine and trafficking in methamphetamine.
boodoodle

United States

#2 Mar 20, 2011
Kudos to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Dept. and the NCBI Special Response Team .... a meth lab was also recently seized in the Culberson area.

Keep up the good work.
boodoodle

United States

#3 Mar 20, 2011
CCSONC wrote:
Hughes was arrested previously in October of 2010 for the manufacture of methamphetamine and trafficking in methamphetamine.
Evidently the previous punishment was not severe enough to deter him 6 months ago since he's at it again .... meth is much more of a lethal drug than marijuana but the punishment is much more severe for the sale of marijuana than meth ... why is that?
Alan

United States

#4 Mar 26, 2011
boodoodle wrote:
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Evidently the previous punishment was not severe enough to deter him 6 months ago since he's at it again .... meth is much more of a lethal drug than marijuana but the punishment is much more severe for the sale of marijuana than meth ... why is that?
You hit the nail on the head Boo, people continue to commit crimes over & over again because the people are punished to the full extent of the law - this is why 90% of the mug shots have the perps smirking or looking cocky cause they know theyll simply get a slap on the wrist & be out to go back to their old ways. I dont know how the cop on the street can take it arresting the same losers over and over just to get some lenient judge who cuts em loose. Its the same everywhere but small towns like ours also have the "somebody who knows somebody" syndrome. Not sure about your meth marijuana comparison though....
Afraid of Meth

United States

#5 Mar 26, 2011
IMO, this drug is the worst drug that's ever come out. I never heard of it until a couple years ago when the public service announcements and all the billboards started popping up.

This stuff seems to grab these 'kids' and is really addicting. IMHO, if we could get rid of this problem, a lot of other crime statistics would decrease. It seems they will do anything to get more including robbery and only God knows what else.

I don't know what the answer is, education doesn't seem to work. Maybe stiffer penalties or include working with addicts in hospitals may help them see the light? It's a dangerous drug and a scarey one.

(I know my grammar is really poor in this post, I am tired, sorry)
Wheres the beef

Shreveport, LA

#6 Mar 27, 2011
We need a hardcore bootcamp style system of punishment here. It's not just the judges fault, it's also the DAs who continue to make deals and accept plea bargains. Remember that when they are up for re-election. There was talk of building a prison around here and I'd be all for that if it were one where prisoners didn't have cable TV and AC, but worked their asses off.
old timer

Young Harris, GA

#7 Mar 27, 2011
since the local LE are to afraid to do it, maybe we could take up a collection and hire state narcs to come in and clean out the place
johnny

Murphy, NC

#8 Mar 27, 2011
old timer wrote:
since the local LE are to afraid to do it, maybe we could take up a collection and hire state narcs to come in and clean out the place
I think that our law enforcement is doing a good job, and I thank them for their service. Keep up the good work Cherokee County Sheriffs Dept. And also, I really appreciate them keeping the public informed with whats going on by posting these updates.
old timer

Young Harris, GA

#9 Mar 27, 2011
johnny wrote:
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I think that our law enforcement is doing a good job, and I thank them for their service. Keep up the good work Cherokee County Sheriffs Dept. And also, I really appreciate them keeping the public informed with whats going on by posting these updates.
can't say the same for CCSO

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