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Two arrested in drug seizure
Houston County Courier - March 2008
Two people were arrested on Saturday, February 23 following a drug bust by Houston County Sheriff's Office that resulted in the seizure of two methamphetamine labs.
Houston County Sheriff Darrel Bobbitt said there had been an on-going investigation for over a year and his office was able to get enough information to obtain a search warrant.
The search warrant was executed at 8271 Hwy. 21 East in the Belott community, a residence belonging to Wyatt Graham.
During the search components and precursors of two meth labs were recovered.
The Methamphetamine Initiative Group (MIG), a branch of the Texas Department of Public Safety was called to process the scene and took possession of all hazardous materials.
Also assisting in the search was Fire Marshal David Lamb.
Arrested on scene were Wyatt Graham, 45 and Ann Marie Lemley, 37 both of Crockett.
Both were charged with possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, a third degree felony and possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance a first degree felony.
Bond was set at $20,000 for each charge.
Graham was also charged with unlawful possession of metal or body armor by a felon. Bond was set at $20,000.
According to authorities, paperwork is in the process by the Houston County District Attorney's Office for seizure of 1.54 acres, a single-wide mobile home and a 2004 Toyota Tundra pickup.
Sheriff Bobbitt stated that some of the components that are used in a meth lab include camp fuel, HEET, Acetone, muriatic acid, red phosphorous, iodine crystals, anhydrous ammonia, rubber tubing and glassware.
He cautions anyone who comes upon any of these items to call law enforcement immediately as these items can be deadly if inhaled or ingested.
"We have people we can call who are trained in removing these items in a safe manner," said Bobbitt.
Houston County Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone found to be manufacturing or "cooking" methamphetamines or to have the precursor chemicals.
Sheriff Bobbitt urges anyone who has information to contact Crime Stoppers at 545-Tips or online at www.545-Tips.com and they will forward that information to the appropriate agency to be investigated. Persons reporting crimes through Crime Stoppers always remain anonymous.