ALBANY, GA. -- The Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit made six arrests in two different meth lab busts Tuesday. According to ADDU commander Maj. Bill Berry, it marked first dual meth lab arrests in one day that he'd seen over the past 10 years.
According to Berry, the first arrests occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Radium Springs Road when Dougherty County Police officers pulled over a pick up truck driven by James Adam, 20. Officers noticed the smell of marijuana and began a search of the vehicle. At that time the front seat passenger, Wyatt Lastinger, 38, took flight and was apprehended after he was tased.
A further search revealed the components of a rolling meth lab and ADDU was called to the scene. Adams, Lastinger and passenger Brenda Waller, 20, were charged with manufacturing meth and possession of meth with intent to distribute.
In addition, Lastinger was charged with a parole violation, giving a false name and having outstanding warrants against him.
Three hours later, the ADDU, acting on a tip from Georgia probation officials, raided room number 256 at the Superior Creek Lodge, 2505 N. Slappey Blvd., where they found meth making materials.
The officers arrested Randall Scott Bedford, 32, Desiree Lynn Bane, 54, and Arthur Lee Wright III, 23. Bedford and Bane were charged with manufacturing and possession of meth with intent to distribute, while Wright was charged with giving false information to law enforcement.
All six individuals in both cases were booked into the Dougherty County Jail.
"The individuals in the Radium Springs Road case had all the meth-making materials, but had not yet started the cooking process," Berry said. "It was not a large operation, more of a 'mom and pop' thing where they'd just cook enough to use then sell the rest to make some more."
Berry said the Superior Creek suspects had been in the room for "around a week and it was slightly larger than just a mom and pop operation. We found finished product hidden in the ceiling."
The commander added that this was the first time in nearly a decade that two county meth labs had been broken up on the same day."
"It's really rare for this drug unit to see two meth lab busts in one day," Berry said. "We had three in one day about 10 years ago, but those cases were related. These two were not."