Meth lab bust nets two in Dawson

Officers of several law enforcement agencies arrest two and "rescue" a small child.

DAWSON, Ga. — Officers of the Dawson Police Department raided an active methamphetamine lab last night, arrested the husband and wife team operating it, and "rescued" a three-year-old boy, police officials say.

Nicholas Bradley Hancock, 29, and his wife Ryann Reid Hancock, 35, were charged with child endangerment and manufacturing methamphetamine and transported to the Terrell County Jail, said Tommy Poupard, assistant chief of the DPD.

According to officials, the combustible nature of chemicals required to manufacture methamphetamine creates a dangerous environment not only for the suspects but for law enforcement personnel.

"Combining the meth lab with the execution of a search warrant compounds the dangers for the officers and for those they are investigating," said DPD Chief, Charles C. Whitehead in a special press release.

The DPD executed the search warrant at a residence on the 300 block of 7th Avenue at about 9 p.m., Poupard said, with assistance from the Terrell County Sheriff's Office, the Dawson Fire Department and the Terrell County EMS. Once all persons in the residence were secured, the Sylvester office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation helped evaluate the lab and its cleanup, Poupard said.

The child, who's name is currently withheld, has been processed through the Georgia Dept. of Family and Children's Services and released to the care of his grandparents, police officials said.


Sister_Ruby_Two says...

Bust'em all!! Godless lawbreakers!! Makers distributors and users!!

Posted 8 May 2013, 4:57 p.m. Suggest removal

chinaberry25 says...

Look at these folks, way less than 40 and already have that dead look about them. Jail would at least keep them alive. Poor baby.

Posted 9 May 2013, 5:40 a.m. Suggest removal

RedEric says...

They were definitely on the downhill slope. Meth kills most of those addicted and it ain't a purty death. I do not know the average life span of an addict, but it is not very long. It changes the personality of the addict sometimes 180 degrees. The first few weeks of jail is going to be real tough for these two and jail time is just a reprieve. Most go back to it.

Posted 9 May 2013, 8:02 a.m. Suggest removal

Jax says...

Why in the world do we have laws that protect stupid people killing themselves?

Posted 9 May 2013, 8:47 a.m. Suggest removal

TRUTH101 says...

It seems like some of you have sympathy for these CRIMINALS……SMH…. I wonder if you would be saying poor babies if the CRIMNALS were pot growers (which is wayyyy less harmful than meth) and had more melanin in their skin……shrug

Posted 9 May 2013, 10:13 a.m. Suggest removal

VSU says...

I don't know what comments you are reading but I see no evidence of sympathy from any of the above commentors.

Posted 9 May 2013, 11:29 a.m. Suggest removal

Bulldawg says...

Hey Truth101, are you speaking from experience about growing pot? You seem to have an acute knowledge of the levels of harm between pot and meth. I think the "poor baby" comment was referring to the three year old child that was present at the scene.

Posted 9 May 2013, 3:04 p.m. Suggest removal

skilletsdirt says...

Truth101, they said "Poor baby," because there was a 3yo child rescued. Did you read the article?

Posted 9 May 2013, 10:52 a.m. Suggest removal

Jax says...

T101 was too busy shaking their head, thinking about racism to catch all the details.

Posted 9 May 2013, 11:01 a.m. Suggest removal