Columbia deputies bust meth lab, arrest three

The discovery stemmed from the investigation of a trespassing complaint.

Published: Friday, January 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 8:02 p.m.

LAKE CITY - Columbia County sheriff's deputies discovered a methamphetamine laboratory in a southern Columbia County home late Wednesday afternoon, resulting in several arrests.

Deputy Slade McCardle was called to 459 S.W. Jennifer Court to investigate a trespassing complaint, Sgt. Ed Seifert reported.

During the investigation, McCardle learned from a witness there was possible material inside the home that is used to make narcotics.

McCardle saw additional drug manufacturing material in a trash pile outside of the home, recognized the items as hazardous and notified the Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force.

Task force detectives determined methamphetamine was being manufactured in the home.

They obtained a search warrant for the home and dismantled the illegal laboratory.

Detectives spent several hours at the home to ensure the hazardous chemicals were properly contained and disposed.

Arrested were Joseph Aron Morgan, 32, of 8589 S.E. 73rd Lane, Newberry; Christine Louise Lewis, 25, of 459 S.W. Jennifer Court, Lake City; and John Kebby Jr., 32, of 23 S.W. Davaca Glen, Lake City.

They all were charged with manufacture of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lewis rented the house, and authorities said they were tipped off by the owner.

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