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Meth lab producing $335K worth of drugs busted in Jackson County; 3 arrested

These are prior mug shots of Randy Len Brown (left) and Rodney Neal Scott. A mug shot for Tamorah Lee Draper was not available.
These are prior mug shots of Randy Len Brown (left) and Rodney Neal Scott. A mug shot for Tamorah Lee Draper was not available.

Credit: Athens Banner-Herald / Georgia Department of Corrections

Credit: Athens Banner-Herald / Georgia Department of Corrections

Three people were arrested Tuesday when a methamphetamine lab was busted in Jackson County, authorities said.

Deputies and U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents conducted search warrants at two houses in the Jefferson area, leading to the meth lab discovery and arrests, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The lab was in the process of converting liquid meth into crystal meth, which would yield about 55 pounds (25 kilograms) of drugs, the release said. The sheriff’s office said the street value of that amount of meth is approximately $335,000.

Randy Len Brown, 59, Tamorah Lee Draper, 58, and Rodney Neal Scott, 50, all of Jefferson, were arrested and charged in the investigation, the release said. The trio face charges of trafficking meth and manufacturing meth. Brown and Scott also face probation violation charges.

Brown was arrested last year for allegedly operating a chop shop at his Jefferson home, the Athens Banner-Herald reported. He pleaded guilty to felony theft by receiving in the case and received 10 years of probation, court records show.

Scott has served two stints in prison since 1999, totaling about 17 months behind bars, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records. He was previously convicted of theft by taking and drug charges in Gwinnett County and a shoplifting charge in Cobb County.

Their latest booking photos were not immediately available.

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