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Police find Harlem-area meth lab, arrest seven

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Seven people have been arrested after police found a methamphetamine lab in a Harlem-area home.

Columbia County Sheriff's Office narcotics investigators made the arrests Wednesday at a residence in the 3800 block of Gordon Highway after a month-long investigation, said Capt. Steve Morris.

Investigators found products used to make meth in one of the rooms. The products were removed safely. Prescription drugs and marijuana also were seized.

Gregory Antoney Butts, 38, of Mahala Lane in Harlem; Cassandra Flakes Johnson, 39, of Hinton-Wilson Road in Harlem; and Kelly Shavonne Appling, 28, of Lincolnton Highway in Thomson, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine with intent to distribute; manufacturing/delivering/administering/sale/possession of a controlled substance; and possession of Schedule II, III and IV drugs. Angela Marie Glisson, 41, of Max Road in Harlem; Joseph Randall McCorkle, 34, of Gordon Highway in Harlem; and Shannon Mae Myrick, 30, of Burster Circle, Gibson, Ga., were charged with two counts of manufacturing/delivering/administering/sale/possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana and Schedule II, III and IV drugs.

All are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.

Anthony Franklin Bazemore, 28, of Lou Lane in Grovetown, was charged with possession of marijuana and was being held Thursday on a $1,600 bond, according to jail records.

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110, or valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.

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robbie1
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robbie1 12/11/09 - 02:55 am
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Good work, Columbia County.

Good work, Columbia County. Next...

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Riverman1 12/11/09 - 03:47 am
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Decriminalize drugs. We have

Decriminalize drugs. We have proven that billions of dollars on law enforcement has not touched the problem. Spend a fraction of the money on education of why drugs are bad and see ten times the results.

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hunterga34 12/11/09 - 05:52 am
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Riverman1 you must be on

Riverman1 you must be on drugs or just the mind of a moron, if you have never been anywhere or done anything in your life except read about things. Maybe you should stop reading about it and live it. Go to Holland and see the mess they have about legal drugs. Spend more money on law engorcement and lock them all up. Pay more money to the police that risk their lives busting these criminals and trying to protect the ungrateful. Users are one thing, they will eventually be theives or prostitutes or dealers if they ever make it that far. Sorry, but they all have to go to jail. To many lives are effected and to many lives are broken and destroyed, not just the users.

WhoCares
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WhoCares 12/11/09 - 06:55 am
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So, a bunch of low level

So, a bunch of low level thugs using who knows what ingredients to create designer drugs should be legal? Since you seem to support their activities, maybe you should be strapped into a chair and take a full dose of what they were cooking up.

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treerock 12/11/09 - 07:03 am
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i am not a thief or a

i am not a thief or a prostitute and have smoked pot since i was 10 years old. and it hasn't been a gateway drug. i have a degree in chemistry and own my home. how is my life ruined and why do i need to be in jail? and also, the words you should have used are "too" and "affected".

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omnomnom 12/11/09 - 07:05 am
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i'd rather see hyperbole on

i'd rather see hyperbole on the Chronicle forums criminalized than drugs. whocares, you are a nut.

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WW1949 12/11/09 - 08:03 am
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hunterga34, I have been there

hunterga34, I have been there and done that with a family member and you are so right in all of your remark that it effects everyone around. I have also been to Amsterdam and seen the drug problem that they have with legalization.

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amazed1 12/11/09 - 08:07 am
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Treerock, What's going to

Treerock, What's going to happen when your supply is suddenly cut off?

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justus4 12/11/09 - 08:12 am
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Look at the charges. Then
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Look at the charges. Then look at the crime. Then look at the possible jail time for each felony. Then look at the judge. Then look at the prosecutor. Then look at the history. Then, U will correctly be able to predict that these folks will be home by Valentine's Day. There are more possible charges, but not being charged. Why not?

treerock
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treerock 12/11/09 - 09:24 am
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it grows easily enough. and

it grows easily enough. and it is not physically addictive.

SouthernChic
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SouthernChic 12/11/09 - 09:39 am
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Thank God! I hope this trend

Thank God! I hope this trend of cleaning up Harlem continues!

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InChristLove 12/11/09 - 09:40 am
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treerock, as you say, it has

treerock, as you say, it has not been your gateway to other drugs but that isn't the case in many who just start out smoking a little weed. It's a medical fact that brain cells are damaged from the effects of smoking marijuana. If as you say, you have been smoking it since the age of 10, doesn't say much for parental guidance growing up.

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Riverman1 12/11/09 - 09:41 am
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Guys, let's try to avoid the

Guys, let's try to avoid the knee jerk reaction and realize we are all working for the same goal...decreasing drug usage. For all the billions we have poured into catching people using drugs and putting them in prison, the rate has only gone up. So we have to understand that doesn't work. We have to try something different and spend money educating and treating addicts instead of keeping the prisons full.

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AWyld1 12/11/09 - 09:49 am
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Look at justus then realize

Look at justus then realize it's the same rhetoric...poor ole black man being persecuted by the white man....tiresome.

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Riverman1 12/11/09 - 09:54 am
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Amsterdam was mentioned

Amsterdam was mentioned above. Let’s examine a few statistics. Marijuana use in The Netherlands is about half what it is in the U.S. Heroin use is 3 times greater in the U.S. The incarceration per 100,000 people is SEVEN times greater in the U.S. The murder rate per capita is FOUR times higher in the U.S. Per capita spending in the U.S. on criminal justice is about double that of The Netherlands. The percentage of the general population who have used cocaine at some point is 10.5% in the US, five times higher than in the Netherlands. The percentage who have used cocaine in the past month is 0.7% in the US, compared with 0.2% in the Netherlands.

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treerock 12/11/09 - 10:12 am
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ICL, you focus on the fact

ICL, you focus on the fact that i have smoked marijuana as "proof" that i had naught parental guidance growing up, yet you ignore the facts that i have a degree in chemistry and have purchased my own home. what is wrong with your thought process?

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/11/09 - 10:17 am
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Fine, criminalize the

Fine, criminalize the Vicodin, Valium, Oxycontin and the countless other "legal" controlled substances which are abused DAILY by those fortunate enough to be able to obtain them from "approved legal sources" and other means. Drug laws discriminate against the poor who cannot obtain the aforementioned drugs to achieve their high. It's all about imposing your will upon others for actions you choose "wrong". Check the medicine cabinets of yourself and "professionals" and you'll find I speak the truth.

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/11/09 - 10:18 am
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Either criminalize alcohol

Either criminalize alcohol and tobacco, or legalize them all. Anything else is pure hypocrisy.

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fd1962 12/11/09 - 10:20 am
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You have a good point there,
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You have a good point there, Riverman. Also, a visit to Amsterdam will reveal that the vast majority of drug tourists visiting are.... you guessed it, Americans.

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fd1962 12/11/09 - 10:25 am
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Careful, RIP, you'll end up a
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Careful, RIP, you'll end up a target of Rush Limbaugh-speak.

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Riverman1 12/11/09 - 10:41 am
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FD1962, thanks for the

FD1962, thanks for the acknowledgement, but let’s not politicize the subject. Many conservatives/libertarians believe drugs should be decriminalized. The decriminalization of drugs seems to be catching on in the U.S. and in Europe. A recent Zogby poll found 52 percent of those polled thought marijuana should be legal, taxed and regulated.

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RIPAmerica 12/11/09 - 10:45 am
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Careful fd, you'll find I

Careful fd, you'll find I rarely agree with anything you post. But thanks :)

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Riverman1 12/11/09 - 10:51 am
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A recent Cato Inst. study by

A recent Cato Inst. study by Glenn Greenwald published this year looked at Portugal where ALL drugs were decriminalized in 2001. The study found that decriminalization has been a success, leading to improvements in every category including drug usage rates and crime. So think of the hundreds of billions we waste on law enforcement not only on the War on Drugs, but also trying to counter the effects of drug driven crime. No matter our political, philosophical beliefs, we have to look at empirical evidence if we really want to decrease drug usage and crime. Look at The Netherlands and Portugal.

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fd1962 12/11/09 - 10:56 am
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Thanks, RIP. I rarely agree
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Thanks, RIP. I rarely agree with anything I post either.

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Gothamist 12/11/09 - 11:20 am
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Riverman: The Big problem I

Riverman: The Big problem I see with legalizing marijuana taxing and regulating it, is the brownie shortage that will ensue!!!!

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/11/09 - 11:30 am
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Great response, FD. Can I

Great response, FD. Can I borrow that for future use? LMAO

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gargoyle 12/11/09 - 11:51 am
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After living with a addict

After living with a addict spouse over 25 years I can tell that the line between legal and illegal drugs is blurry ... What I can tell is that laws were just a inconveniences that could be dealt with ... Social stigma had more effect but could be mitigated by tears and a stint in rehab ... The actual drug of choice was defined more by availability and concealment than any other factor, Laws didn't seem to demure the suppliers it just boosted profits by limiting a wanted commodity ... When street supplies dried up my spouse could shop doctors with the best of them and being in the medical field a script for a high was always possible ... After 29 years I did the only thing that could improve the situation, I quit trying to help ... Isn't working out well for my EX but thing are looking a lot brighter in my life ...

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corgimom 12/11/09 - 12:31 pm
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Treerock, when you grow up,

Treerock, when you grow up, you will learn how abusing drugs and getting high on anything, legal or illegal, isn't the positive thing you think it is. Abusing any drug is a sign that there is something wrong in your life and is a sign of immaturity. Just hope that you don't have kids- they need care 24 hours a day, not just when you aren't stoned. Riverman, guess you haven't known too many addicts. They lead terrible lives. Drugs kill people. End of story.

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RIPAmerica 12/11/09 - 12:37 pm
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As it stands now, drugs kill

As it stands now, drugs kill far too many INNOCENT people. Legalization would make it far less likely for the innocent to die from them. There simply is no logical argument for the distinction between legal and illegal drugs. If drugs are wrong, prohibit them all. If they are not wrong. legalize them all. Any thing less is pure hypocrisy.

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Evans Ga. 12/11/09 - 12:38 pm
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I'm glad these people got

I'm glad these people got caught. However, why is it fair agian that we are to pay for these folks to be locked up and the state gets all the fine money in their pockets. The least you could do is take the money that they are going to be charged for the crime and do something that the CSRA would benefit from.

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