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      Investigators find $55,000 worth of meth inside home lab

      Vernon Terry is wanted by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office on charges of trafficking methamphetamine

      Investigators find nearly 600 grams of methamphetamine inside a Lowndes County residence. Now the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in finding the suspect.

      On Wednesday, investigators from the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Narcotic Investigation Division, responded to 9137 Georgia Highway 135 North, in the Naylor area of Lowndes County, after a suspected methamphetamine lab was discovered.

      Upon arrival investigators spoke with a Constable from the Lowndes County Magistrate Court who said he served an eviction notice to the occupant, Vernon Terry, who immediately left the residence after receiving the paperwork.

      The Sheriff's Office says workers began moving items out of the residence when they smelled a very strong odor of chemicals throughout the home. During a closer inspection of the residence, investigators say the Constable saw specific items that he felt were related to the manufacture of methamphetamine and evacuated the residence due to possible toxic fumes.

      Due to the overwhelming presence of a potentially toxic odor being generated by the manufacturing process, the assistance of personnel from Lowndes County Fire-Rescue was sought in order to assist with the decontamination. Investigators say the odor was so intense that several windows had to be busted to properly ventilate the toxic fumes.

      During a search of the residence investigators say they recovered approximately 559 grams of methamphetamine from inside the residence along with several items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The methamphetamine has a street value of approximately $55,000, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.

      Investigators say they have not been able to located Terry and they have issued an arrest warrant for him for the offense of trafficking methamphetamine, which is a felony.

      Anyone with information pertaining to this event or the whereabouts are urged to contact the Sheriff TMs Office at (229) 671-2900 or the departments tip line at (229) 671-2985. Tips can also be submitted on-line . Callers can remain anonymous.