Agents find meth lab in downtown Columbus home

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A  man is facing charges in Columbus after narcotics agents found the components of a meth lab in his Historic District home.

Sergeant Rick Stinson, who heads up the area's Metro Narcotics Task Force, tells WTVM his agents had received a complaint that methamphetamine was being produced in a home on 8th Street, between 1st Avenue and Broadway in downtown Columbus.

Stinson says his unit began an investigation and had enough probable cause to execute a search warrant Tuesday morning.

Inside, agents say they found the chemicals, glassware and all other objects used to make meth as well as a small quantity of the drug.

The man who lives there, 39-year-old James Mothershed, is now facing drug charges.

According to Stinson, numerous coffee filters containing pill powder were also found which he says is evidence that Mothershed had the potential to produce a substantial amount of the drug.

He was arrested at the scene and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine.

He is being held in the Muscogee County Jail and is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Columbus Recorder's Court Thursday afternoon.

Agents say the evidence has been sent to the state crime lab for further investigation. A DEA clean-up crew was called to the scene to take care of all the hazardous materials.

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