A 47-year-old local man was allegedly discovered to be in possession of a meth lab during a Nov. 30 traffic stop.
Gregory Allen Mayo was charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture process, manufacture and possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine), and unlawful possession of a weapon, as well as being cited for simple possession of a Schedule VI drug (marijuana).
According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, a deputy stopped a white Ford Crown Victoria at West Broad Street and Anthony Avenue for a registration violation and found that the car belonged to Mayo, but he was a passenger in the vehicle. Mayo reportedly admitted that there was methamphetamine and a firearm in the car.
Ray said a search of the vehicle revealed lye, drain opener, propane fuel with a cook head, acid in a liquid gasser, Coleman fuel, plastic tubing, cold packs, electrician tape, coffee filters, and hydrogen peroxide. A Mason jar containing a white residue which field tested positive for methamphetamine was also found on the floorboard of the car.
Mayo allegedly had a bag containing 1.3 grams of a white powdery substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine in his right front pants pocket as well. The deputy also found a cigarette pack on the passenger seat where Mayo was seated which held what was believed to be a marijuana cigarette, and a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol in the back seat.
The sheriff said Mayo is a convicted felon on a May 2013 drug offense and is not allowed to possess a firearm. His bond totals $120,000 and he will appear in court on Dec. 10.
Meanwhile, a Dowelltown man who is also apparently prohibited from possessing a firearm was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Dec. 1.
Ray said Christopher Daniel Gibbs, 38, of Dowelltown was arrested after a sheriff's department detective responded to a residence on Sims Street in Dowelltown to investigate reports of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The detective spoke with the victim, Gibbs, who had a .22 caliber Marlin rifle in his possession. Gibbs had suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his shoulder.
He was treated at the scene by DeKalb EMS but refused transport to the hospital. A criminal background check revealed that Gibbs is a felon, having been convicted of a Schedule II drug offense.
His bond was set at $5,000, and he will appear in court on Dec. 10.