Photo Gallery | Meth Lab Busted Near Elementary School

Deputies with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, in a joint effort with the Kingsland Police Department shut down a significant methamphetamine lab in St. Marys Wednesday afternoon.

According to a statement from the CCSO, the search began at a home on West Dillingham Street less than 1,000 ft. from St. Marys Elementary School at approximately 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28.

Mark Dewayne Adams, 39, of Philadelphia, Mississippi and Benjamin James Rivers, 22, of St. Marys were taken in custody when deputies arrived on scene. Kansas Nicole Cochran, 19, was arrested when she returned to the scene with her child about 90 minutes later.  Each have been charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine. The child, who also lived in the residence, was turned over to the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).

Numerous items used to make meth, including multiple chemicals, were found at the residence. 

The GBI found one actively cooking bottle of meth that had to be separated from all other items because the mixture is so explosive. Investigators also found discarded plastic bottles containing the hazardous waste left behind by the cooking process in the wooded area near the apartment. They believe the lab is the largest ever shut down in Camden County.

Sheriff Tommy Gregory said he is very pleased to announce the detection and destruction of this working meth lab just blocks from St. Marys Elementary School. “Having a working lab of this size near our children is frightening. Meth is a tremendous threat to our community not only because of the drugs being produced but because of the highly toxic chemical residues left behind that can lead to an explosion at any moment. This is another perfect example of leadership that works, especially when agency leaders and their staff come together with the common goal of protecting our entire community.”

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