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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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RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/11/09 - 12:42 pm
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Far too many of our best and

Far too many of our best and brightest's lives are destroyed by the hypocritical drug laws. Once a convicted drug user, your chances of success are derailed, Matt Aitken notwithstanding. Money spent on incarcerating NON VIOLENT drug offenders could offset our budget deficit. Money generated by having more people without criminal drug records being gainfully employed could assist those most in need. Taxes generated could pay teacher's their worth. There is no DOWN side to legalization unless you are a defense lawyer, probation officer, or confinement facility employee. People seem to overlook the fact that even if drugs were legal, employers would still be free to drug test and disqualify candidates from jobs if being drug free was a bona fide qualification for that job.

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/11/09 - 12:43 pm
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Are you aware there is no

Are you aware there is no mandatory drug testing policy for Congress or the POTUS or any of our Government's highest (pun definitely intended) positions?

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/11/09 - 12:51 pm
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Before I laid off my techs in

Before I laid off my techs in response to the idiotic choice of the American people last Nov, I had a hardfast rule: I don't care what you do on your own time, if any customer of yours informs me they have hard evidence you were high on my time, you're gone. If you agree, sign here and welcome. If you don't , goodbye. Was never a problem.

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fd1962 12/11/09 - 01:37 pm
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RIP, your logical, humane
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RIP, your logical, humane worldview on the drug situation doesn't survive a prayer unfortunately. For forty years the anti-drug forces have focused exclusively on bureaucracy-building, wherein lies the most dedicated criminal element of all, the DEA and cronies in the US Customs. For them, it's been a never-ending bureaucratic wet dream. Don't expect that to spend itself into oblivion any time soon. Haven't you noticed that the next bust is ALWAYS the biggest ever? The next threat ALWAYS the most serious ever encountered? Too many big salaries at stake. Too much fear and control to relinquish voluntarily. Solutions NOT permitted.

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RIPAmerica 12/11/09 - 02:02 pm
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Dang fd, that's twice in one

Dang fd, that's twice in one day.... great post. Is this another post you don't where you don't agree with yourself? '-)

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aftbrn 12/11/09 - 02:08 pm
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I agree with treerock, not

I agree with treerock, not all drugs are the same. Marijauna was a staple to this country until they realized synthetics materials and pharmaceticals wont sell if you can grow a substitute in your garden. Canabinoids are a natural chemicals found in everyone and there is no documented proof that it kills brain cells. (just poisened propaganda) Medical marijuana has a place in our society just as coffee, alcohol and any other naturally growing garden plant that isn't manufactured using processes that change the original composite of the plant. The criminalization of Marijuana is cash cow or law enforcement, pharmacuticals and synthetic fabric manufacturers. On the other hand drugs that require a chemical refinement process should be heavily regulated and outlawed.

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corgimom 12/11/09 - 02:25 pm
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We do have legalized drugs,

We do have legalized drugs, they are called prescription drugs and alcohol. And people die from them every day. The legal ones are bad enough; the illegal ones are that way for good reasons. There is no such thing as "too much" drug for an addict. Amphetamines and painkillers kill people. If the OD doesn't get them, the liver and kidney failure does. aft, putting smoke in your lungs for any reason, any drug, will eventually kill you. Take a long look at all the tobacco smokers. Nobody's lungs were made to be filled with smoke. Yes, RIP, too bad you don't understand the difference between legal employees and elected officials, who are not employees of anyone.

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BOBO 12/11/09 - 02:43 pm
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lock em all up ccso>>> bunch

lock em all up ccso>>> bunch of dopers>>>>

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 12/11/09 - 02:50 pm
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What Just Nuts4 really meant

What Just Nuts4 really meant was:"another example of the non minority media trying to put you know who in a bad light. I will not rest untill I fill this world with paranoia, dislexia and chaos. I will chain myself to a tree and go on a hunger strike until this article is removed"

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/11/09 - 02:53 pm
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Elected officials are the

Elected officials are the employees of the taxpaying American citizen. Good grief, are you that simple?

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/11/09 - 02:54 pm
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Oops, forgot the other

Oops, forgot the other alternative, you're not a taxpayer.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/11/09 - 03:18 pm
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No, you are that stupid. They

No, you are that stupid. They are not legal employees and you don't know the difference.

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/11/09 - 03:39 pm
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Why the insults? Last resort

Why the insults? Last resort of the simple mind. A little document (virtually ignored in these days) called the US Constitution makes them our employees indeed. If what you say is true, then all retirement and benefits being paid to them by taxpayer funds is embezzlement. Please use your vast advantage of knowledge to educate this stupid person on the error of his ways.

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Riverman1 12/11/09 - 03:51 pm
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Again, everyone stick to the

Again, everyone stick to the facts and statistics. Anectdotal evidence is just that and means little. The name calling labels the caller less than able to debate the subject. The facts are drug use and crime rates are increasing yet we are spening more on the War on Drugs. Portugal made ALL drugs legal in 2001 and has been studied by the Cato Inst. It has less drug use, less crime and improvements in other areas.

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RIPAmerica 12/11/09 - 03:52 pm
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The US President, as well as

The US President, as well as Congress, the SCOTUS and the entire executive branch, are all paid with US Treasury funds. The OTHER Federal employees who receive payment in the same manner as those listed above, are subject to pre-employment and random drug screening.

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RIPAmerica 12/11/09 - 03:54 pm
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Guess we should have

Guess we should have mandatory drug screening for EVERY single person getting a check from ANY public source.

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Riverman1 12/11/09 - 04:34 pm
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Gargoyle, thanks for that

Gargoyle, thanks for that very personal post. I hope everyone reads it carefully. Good luck with the rest of your life.

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FedupwithAUG 12/11/09 - 07:26 pm
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I feel much safer walking

I feel much safer walking around Amsterdam at night then Broad Street in Augusta. Pot is illegal in Holland just not an arresting offence. Cocaine or Meth can get you as much jail time in Holland as in the United States.

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gargoyle 12/11/09 - 09:49 pm
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Riverman Thank you ...

Riverman Thank you ... This is a subject I wish no one first hand experience but it was a lesson never the less ... Most of my insight wasn't gained in battle it was honest retrospect picking up the pieces ... Life is funny sometimes ya gotta lose to win ... The segment of society that believe warehousing addicts is the only answer are being too simplistic ... If incarceration produced happy well adjusted people we would be swimming in them ...

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corgimom 12/12/09 - 07:52 am
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You want to think that they

You want to think that they are employees, go ahead. But then don't be surprised when people say something about your stupid statements like why Congress and the President don't get drug tests. Do you see the word "employee" in the Constitution? No. Do you see "drug tests" in the Constitution? No. When a business- and elected officials are not "hired" -hires people, they do not "elect" them. If you do not understand the difference between employees and elected officials at this point in your life, you never will.

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/12/09 - 08:59 am
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They are indeed Federal

They are indeed Federal employees, feel free to leave me out of your posts in the future. Unless you think the Federal Judge who answered my questions is stupid too.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/12/09 - 01:19 pm
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Funny, I don't remember

Funny, I don't remember electing Federal judges. Because we don't.

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