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Two held on drug charges
Anonymous tip leads to monthlong investigation
Lewis Jason Burke

Bulloch County Drug Suppression Team investigators arrested a man and woman Monday on drug charges after finding "components" of a meth lab in their home.

The arrests came after a monthlong investigation following an anonymous tip, said Bulloch County Drug Suppression Team Inv. Jim Riggs.

Lewis Jason Burke, 33, and Samantha Jean Wilkie, 43, both of Allenwood Drive, are charged with criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine and distribution of a controlled substance (meth). Burke is also charged with sale of methamphetamine, Riggs said. The charges are all felonies.

After receiving the tip, investigators collected evidence, including information from checking pseudoephedrine purchase registries at local pharmacies and retail stores. Pseudoephedrine is a major ingredient used in making methamphetamine and there are limits to the amount one can purchase at a time. Those buying products containing the drug must register and show driver's licenses or identification, he said.

Monday, deputies stopped Burke for a traffic violation, and found "a glass meth pipe and used syringes" in his vehicle, he said. The evidence, paired with other information obtained during the investigation, led agents to Burke's residence, where other paraphernalia as wall as "the components of a meth lab" were found.

Those components included methamphetamine byproduct, salts, containers used in making the drug, scales and used syringes, Riggs said.

Burke and Wilkie were taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where Wilkie later posted a $4,000 bond and was released, according to jail records.

Burke remains held without bond.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 912-489-9414.


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