In the same home where McDowell lived with his family, investigators say they found all the tools needed to make meth, according to Marietta police. An expert with the Drug Enforcement Agency confirmed the suspicion late Sunday.
“He pointed out markings on the kitchen floor consistent with the heating of lithium, burn marks that were skipping away from the point of origin of the fire,” the police report states.
Officers obtained a search warrant for the home, where they found additional items used for the drug lab and receipts for the items, according to police.
“Items were photographed and left at the scene due to the hazardous nature of the items and lack of proper storage and transport containers,” the report states.
McDowell was charged with manufacturing drugs, a felony, police said. Friday afternoon, Cobb County deputies gave McDowell a ride from the hospital to the Cobb County jail, where he was being held without bond Friday night. According to his booking report, his arms, face, chest and abdomen have burns.