County investigators shut down meth lab on construction site

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Climax contractor was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamines after Decatur County Sheriff’s Office deputies received word he was making meth on job sites.

DCSO investigator Lt. Brian Donalson said that Steven Ray Morrison, 46, of climax, was on a job site with two other workers doing drywall work when investigators found an active meth lab in the carport area of the home last Thursday.

“There were two other workers there with him, but he claimed responsibility for the lab and said no one else was involved,” Donalson said.
The home on Breedlove Lane is about five miles Southwest of the Bainbridge city limits.

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“We contacted the clean up team for clandestine laboratory cleanups that are paid for by the state of Georgia,” Donalson said. “We notified the local GBI narcotics office and they had them respond to our area. They came and cleaned up, and that was that.”

Donalson said that the lab was outside in an open-air environment.

“If the lab had been inside, the homeowner would have had to do some cleanup before finishing construction,” Donalson said. “Meth labs and chemicals involved can seep into drywall and cause health problems immediately or down the road.”

Morrison is being held at the Decatur County Jail as of Tuesday afternoon.