Five arrested in Sumter meth bust

AMERICUS, Ga. -- While arresting two men for intent to distribute methamphetamine, deputies also arrested three probable customers Wednesday, a Sumter County Sheriff's Office press release stated.

"There are indications that the drug is becoming more readily available," Sheriff Pete Smith said. "This pure form of ice (crystal methamphetamine) is making its way to Georgia via the super-meth labs of Mexico."

Deputies executed a search warrant at 314 Georgia 49 South and arrested Brian Daigle, 23, and William Fine, 27, after finding four 2-inch-square bags with crystal methamphetamine in them, Smith said.

Three men arrived at the residence during the search and were also arrested, Smith said.

Jeremy Royal, 21, Zachery Royal, 25, both of Ellaville, and James William Wells, 43, of Parrot, were charged with attempt to possess crystal methamphetamine, the press release said.

While searching the residence, deputies also found "several scales, packaging materials, smoking devices and a substantial amount of controlled prescription narcotics, to include oxycontin and xanax," Smith said.

"The sheriff's office has been conducting an investigation into the trafficking of crystal methamphetamine within the county for months," Smith said. "There have been several arrests in Sumter County within the past two months."