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Slaying arrest leads to meth lab

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 11:13 AM
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The arrest of a 21-year-old Augustan in the fatal shooting of a pawnshop owner has led to what authorities are calling one of the largest methamphetamine labs ever discovered in Augusta.

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Clinton Alexander Shelton
Clinton Alexander Shelton


Immediately after the slaying of James "Benny" Tidwell at his store - Mo Money Jewelry & Pawn - investigators began tracking Clinton Alexander Shelton across the county and arrested him Monday evening in Hephzibah and charged him with murder.

Through interviews with the suspect and associates, the investigation has also led to the arrest of seven other people on meth-related charges and had investigators working through the night to track down leads in what has become a fruitful case.

Investigators seized about $1,000 in meth along with ingredients and equipment to make the drug from a home at 2501 Coleman Ave. on Monday night based on information obtained during the homicide investigation, according to Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Vinson.

"In 10 years in the Narcotics Division I've never seen a residence that had been completely turned into a meth lab," Vinson said. "The kitchen sink, the bathroom sink, the kitchen stove - the entire house was a lab."

Deputies have arrested four people on charges of trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine in connection with the Coleman Avenue home. They are: Cyndi Bowen, 36; Raymond Thomas, 48; David Lynn Riley, 49; and Wendy Jo Diehl, 45. Deputies also arrested three other people in connection with a pickup-truck mobile meth lab found during the investigation. They are: Eva Maria Newman, 44; Ronald James Driggers, 27; and Brandon Lee Cook, 21.

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pommom38
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pommom38 04/20/10 - 10:21 am
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Just keeps getting better and

Just keeps getting better and better huh?
Strange, there are no *friends or relatives* posting on their *innocent* pal's defense.

john
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john 04/20/10 - 10:29 am
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bunch of thugs. Good for law

bunch of thugs. Good for law enforcement!

Hoser
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Hoser 04/20/10 - 10:29 am
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pommom38, it's a great day in

pommom38, it's a great day in Augusta!!! Thank you RCSD for taking care of business! Two thumbs up!

jack
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jack 04/20/10 - 10:51 am
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Great job RCSD!

Great job RCSD!

true2self
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true2self 04/20/10 - 10:53 am
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GOOD JOB RCSD!!!!

GOOD JOB RCSD!!!!

grinder48
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grinder48 04/20/10 - 10:56 am
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Thank you RCSD. Only
Unpublished

Thank you RCSD. Only problem is this piece of dirt should have been put away a long time ago. And apparently the meth lab scum had been operating for awhile to be so large. Wish they'd been put away long ago too. But - again - appreciate the hard would by our law enforcement folks. I know Ashley DA will be tough, only hope the judges will back up the LE folks and the DA with max penalties.

bentman
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bentman 04/20/10 - 10:57 am
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String him up!

String him up!

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 04/20/10 - 11:27 am
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This piece of scum will never

This piece of scum will never breathe free air again.

montega12
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montega12 04/20/10 - 11:38 am
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oh yeah yall jump up in down

oh yeah yall jump up in down he is cutting deals with the police he didnt give up the info for free hes working his way down to a lesser plea

montega12
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montega12 04/20/10 - 11:38 am
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oh yeah yall jump up in down

oh yeah yall jump up in down he is cutting deals with the police he didnt give up the info for free hes working his way down to a lesser plea

john
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john 04/20/10 - 11:58 am
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montega12, and? Of course he

montega12, and? Of course he is, big tough guy is a hero with a gun in his hand, but now he is weweing all over himself to save his rear end.

pommom38
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pommom38 04/20/10 - 12:04 pm
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And that lesser plea would be

And that lesser plea would be what exactly Montega? He may get less for the drug part, but for murder? Sorry, pretty sure he's gone for a longgggggg time.

macaug
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macaug 04/20/10 - 12:19 pm
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Great job RCSD!!! He thinks

Great job RCSD!!! He thinks he a tough guy, huh? Now find a nice cozy cell for him; prefferably with a new roommate? I'll send him a wedding gift.

Harrisburg Homeowner
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Harrisburg Homeowner 04/20/10 - 12:33 pm
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Maybe some of the drugs being

Maybe some of the drugs being sold in Harrisburg came from this meth lab. I hope so! By the way, I wonder how these individuals came up with enough of the ingrediants to make the meth? The main ingrediant is very hard to get over the counter these days. You just about have to sign your life away to get a few pills for sinus problems. This bust will probably prove to be even bigger than we know. GREAT JOB RCSD! KUDOS TO NARCOTICS!!! I am a big fan of yours!

iletuknow
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iletuknow 04/20/10 - 12:37 pm
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Great work! BTW Anyone else

Great work!

BTW Anyone else experiencing computer problems with Milton Ruben spyware? Cost me $59 to get rid of it.

Just Mad
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Just Mad 04/20/10 - 12:49 pm
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Who cares about how much time

Who cares about how much time he gets or doesn't get!!!!
I would like to know who is going to tell Mr. Tidwell's Grandkids that papaw is gone...

dichotomy
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dichotomy 04/20/10 - 01:07 pm
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I hope they did not trade the

I hope they did not trade the death penalty for a meth lab. This guy has got to get the needle if he did the killing.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/20/10 - 06:35 pm
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One look at his mug shot- it

One look at his mug shot- it screams "meth". If he's involved in a meth lab, then he's his best customer.

And the ingredients aren't hard to come by, if you have the right connections.

AC, who owns the property at 2501 Coleman Ave? People were posting about the damages that renters can do to a property, that whole house is contaminated and should be condemned.

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 04/20/10 - 06:47 pm
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Corgi, check the address

Corgi, check the address again, and owner! The name on the RC property records do not show the AC as owner! Owner's initials are JM.

AWyld1
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AWyld1 04/20/10 - 09:29 pm
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I grew up with one of those

I grew up with one of those guys....what a shame and a waste....Just goes to show you drugs can affect anyone no matter your upbringing. By the way...where is countyman to tell us how safe south augusta is?

isaidit
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isaidit 04/21/10 - 07:58 am
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How would you like to live

How would you like to live next door to that animal??!! Commisioners, lets get the Nuisance Ordinance passed before the neighbors of Augusta feel they need to take matters into their own hands to protect themselves and their families from monsters like this. From what I understand, the activities at this residence were well known....why do we have to wait for the inevitable result that goes hand and hand with allowing these types of drug houses to exist, and then, talk about what we can do to prevent it?! Contact law enforcement, contact the owner.....You get in the resident (evil's) face, you get in their customers faces and let them know it's NOT going to happen here!! A decent man has lost his life because so many people knew what this guy and his compadres at that address were doing and didn't do "enough"! Move that B.S. next to me, and it will be handled......with or without legal assistance. I refuse to sit, watch and wait for the inevitable that comes with allowing a drug house to flourish on my block. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, commisioners, take a "gut check", grow a pair, and get a Nuisance Ordinance on the books NOW.

dani
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dani 04/21/10 - 09:42 am
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Meth--Crack-- Such horrific

Meth--Crack-- Such horrific habits.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 04/21/10 - 04:10 pm
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Awyld1......you know

Awyld1......you know countyman hasn't come out of his house yet. He's waiting for police protection to go to the grocery. lol Of course he'll say that this was an isolated incident.

precioustina1969@yahoo.com
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precioustina1969@yahoo.com 04/22/10 - 01:45 pm
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I just wish that this one

I just wish that this one meth house (on Coleman Ave.) was the main one supplying the whole Augusta area, then we would be rid of it, but being realistic, sorry Harrisburg Homeowner this meth house on Coleman ave. is not the only one furnishing Harrisburg with drugs. This is a much bigger problem than that. I just wish we could snap our fingers and they would all be gone.

Richmnd Cty Votr
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Richmnd Cty Votr 04/22/10 - 07:15 pm
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That KITTY LITTER smell on

That KITTY LITTER smell on Bobby Jones today April 22, between 7 and 7:30 was horrible, you could smell it so strongly between exits 6 and 7. I hope the police catch you folks making it.

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