On Tuesday, September 2, the Echols County Sheriff's Office assisted by State Probation conducted a search at 133 Honeysuckle Lane after receiving complaints of possible methamphetamine manufacturing taking place at the residence. Upon arrival, it took suspects Michael Westberry, 37, and Courtney Carter, 22, a couple of minutes to respond to the door at the request of law enforcement. Once entry was made into the residence, investigators noticed that some of the components used in the manufacture process of methamphetamine had appeared to be flushed down the toilet. A further search of the residence revealed finished methamphetamine product laying about the residence along with devices used for smoking the product. There was further evidence recovered which suggested that manufacturing had taken place in the residence. Westberry and Carter were taken into custody and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and felony possession of tools during commission of a crime. Westberry was on parole and both were currently on probation for similar methamphetamine related convictions and face violations of their parole and probation. Sheriff Courson would like to thank State Probation for their assistance in the investigation. Sheriff Courson would also like to thank his staff at the Echols County Sheriff's Office for their hard work and efforts in the investigation. Sheriff Courson would encourage all citizens to contact the Sheriff’s Office if they have suspicious activities taking place in their neighborhoods. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be sent via email directly to the Sheriff by visiting the Sheriff’s Office website at “echolscountysheriff.com” and clicking on “contact us”.
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