After a week-long investigation following an anonymous tip, Statesboro Police Crime Suppression Unit investigators nabbed a man who had been making methamphetamine in a local motel, said Statesboro Police Commander John R. Holloway.
Roy Edgar Roberts, 44, Ellabell, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and obstruction of a law enforcement officer – all felony offenses, he said.
CSU investigators, assisted by other law enforcement and public safety agencies, swarmed the Eagle Inn on South Main Street Wednesday morning as they served a search warrant on room #109, he said.
Roberts fled, along with several other motel inhabitants, according to Statesboro Herald business columnist Jan Moore, who observed the raid. Statesboro Police Capt. Scott P. Brunson said police did not arrest anyone else involved in the meth lab incident and were not aware of reasons others may have fled.
Roberts was soon apprehended, however, Holloway said.
Agents searched Roberts’ room and found “potentially hazardous materials” used in making methamphetamine, he said. While searching the room, two members of the SPD Emergency Response Team were overcome by fumes and toxic chemicals, “by-products of manufacturing methamphetamine,” and were taken by EMS to East Georgia Regional Medical Center for treatment, he said.
During the investigation and arrest process, investigators learned Roberts was wanted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in connection with a previous meth lab probe, Holloway said.
Statesboro Police officers and CSU investigators were assisted by the Georgia State Patrol, Statesboro Police Emergency Response Team members, Bulloch County Drug Suppression Team agents, and the Statesboro Fire Department and Bulloch County EMS.
Roberts is currently being held without bond at the Bulloch County Jail, awaiting further judicial proceedings, he said.