Police seized three methamphetamine labs in south Augusta on Monday, the sixth in two weeks, narcotics officials said.
Three men were arrested in the seizures, one of which led police on a 25-mile chase that ended in Burke County.
Narcotics officers discovered the first lab about 11 a.m. at a home in the 3000 block of Patterson Bridge Road, according to Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Matt Phares. Officers confiscated about 30 grams of meth, worth about $1,500, and assorted glassware and chemicals needed to make meth. They also found small amounts of marijuana, the investigator said.
Stephen Albert Pendrey, 26, was arrested inside the house and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana.
Shortly after, officers attempted to apprehend Danny Mark Williams, 32, of Augusta, about 1 p.m. at a home in the 4200 block of Windsor Spring Road. Mr. Williams fled the scene in a 1982 Buick Electra and was captured in Burke County, Investigator Phares said. No one was injured.
Officers discovered two labs with small amounts of meth at the Windsor Spring Road home - one lab was in a bedroom and the other was in a utility room that had caught fire, Investigator Phares said.
Authorities arrested another man, Joseph Paul Fauteux, 36, inside the home. He was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.
Mr. Williams was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, reckless driving, fleeing/attempting to elude police and driving with a suspended license.
The arrests are part of an ongoing investigation by members of the Richmond County Sheriff's Narcotics Division and the Drug Enforcement Administration, said Investigator Phares, who is also a task force agent with the DEA.
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