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2011-11-11 / Front Page

Police raid South Petty St. home; charge three with making meth

By TIM GULLA Ledger Staff Writer tim@gaffneyledger.com


The above photo shows some of the materials removed from the South Petty Street home raided by narcotics agents Thursday afternoon. The bottom photo shows the exterior of the house in the normally tranquil neighborhood. 
(Ledger photos / TIM GULLA) The above photo shows some of the materials removed from the South Petty Street home raided by narcotics agents Thursday afternoon. The bottom photo shows the exterior of the house in the normally tranquil neighborhood. (Ledger photos / TIM GULLA) Three people were taken into custody Thursday afternoon after City of Gaffney Narcotics Unit agents executed a search warrant at a South Petty Street home in the normally tranquil historic district and discovered what they say was a methamphetamine lab.

Police Chief Rick Turner said investigators not only found meth-making components, some stored in ketchup and mustard bottles, but also a soda bottle of actively cooking meth.

The meth was being made using a “shake and bake” cold cooking method, the chief explained.

Following the discovery, Turner said, police requested assistance from Spartanburg County, which dispatched a chemist to render the chemicals safe. An environmental cleanup crew from Columbia was on its way to the scene late Thursday afternoon.

Three people found at the home were taken into custody, agents said, all charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. They include:

— Brandon Lee Sasser, 28, whose address is listed in booking paperwork as 716 S. Petty St.;

— Manuel Ray Goode, 30, whose address is listed in booking paperwork as Oak Ridge Road, Cowpens, and;

— Jacqueline Louise Taylor, 20, whose address is listed in booking paperwork as Hopewell Ridge Road, Blacksburg.

Police had not yet signed warrants on the trio as of press time Thursday and their bond hearings were not expected until Friday.

While details were not immediately available, police reportedly made an additional arrest after a car stopped near the home and then sped away upon seeing the narcotics agents and other officers at the scene.

Investigations remain ongoing by Narcotics Unit Lt. Doug Whitaker and Narcotics Unit Special Agents Ronnie Anderson and Mike Scruggs.

While police were at the scene, at least a half dozen marked and unmarked police vehicles surrounded the home. The raid came as a shock to some local residents, as well as the owner of the home.

“We have all indications the homeowner had no idea what was going on in her residence,” the chief said.

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