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Local crash results in drug arrest
Rincon man charged after police find rolling meth lab
Jeffery Lamar Finch - photo by Special
    A single-vehicle car crash in Statesboro led to the arrest of a man police said had a “ rolling meth lab” in his truck.
    Jeffrey Lamar Finch, 42, South Exley Road, Rincon,  fled on foot after crashing his pickup truck through a fence at the Laurel Pointe Apartments complex on East Main Street Extension, said Statesboro Police Chief Stan York. But Cpl. Antonio Williams and Officer Charles Brown caught Finch a short distance away at a convenience store on Lester Road at the intersection of East Main Street, he said.
    After Williams returned to the accident scene, he noted “items in the vehicle he suspected were used to manufacture methamphetamine” and called the Statesboro Police Department Crime Suppression Unit to investigate, he said.
    CSU investigators arrived and processed the scene, finding several suspicious items, York said.
“Numerous items used to manufacture methamphetamine were located in the vehicle, including chemicals, pseudoephedrine, and containers,” he said. “Samples of these chemicals were collected and a hazardous waste contractor was contacted to dispose of the remaining items.”
    Methamphetamine labs are dangerous in that many chemicals used to make the illegal drug are explosive and pose other hazards. Anhydrous ammonia, often used in manufacturing meth, can cause immediate death if a person is exposed to the vapor.
    York did not say whether that particular chemical was found at the scene of the crash.
    Finch was taken into custody on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine as well as a number of traffic charges stemming from the accident, he said.
    He was taken to the Bulloch County Jail where he remained without bond Wednesday evening, according to jail records.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 489-9414. 
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