Child, 10 others arrested in Douglas drug raid

Eleven people, including one juvenile, were arrested in a drug raid at a business along Highway 78 in Lithia Springs, a spokesman for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said.

About 6 a.m. Thursday, investigators and a K9 unit searched McDuffie’s Auto Repair Shop after several residents complained to the sheriff’s office narcotics unit “about activities that were occurring at the business,” Lt. Glenn Daniel said.

Investigators purchased methamphetamine from the business on two separate occasions, Daniel said. Multiple amounts of meth, syringes and drug paraphernalia were uncovered from the business.

“Based on these purchases,” Daniel said, “the investigators were able to obtain signed arrest warrants on multiple subjects and a search warrant for the business.”

One the 11 suspects was found hiding in the ceiling. Another was inside a car being worked on, Daniel said.

Louis Brown, John Adams, George Lowery, William Shuler, Brad Norris, Brittanie Rhodes, Tara Carter, Astrid DeBont and the juvenile were charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug related objects, the sheriff’s office said. Two of the people arrested — David Woodall and Ashley Pryor — were also charged with sales of methamphetamine.

Frances McTyre’s business, McTyre Lock & Safe, is located next to the repair shop.

She said she was not surprised by the raid. She noticed suspicious activity for about a year.

“I’m proud of my county for taking care of this,” McTyre said.

The owner of the business was not present at the time of the raid, Daniel said.