Originally published May 8, 2013 at 04:43p.m., updated May 8, 2013 at 07:50p.m.
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.