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Meth suspect found behind trap door

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Six people are facing charges in Columbus after officers raid a River Road home.

Officials in the Columbus Police Department's Special Operations Unit tell WTVM they had a search warrant for meth for 4707 River Road and went to the house this morning. Five people were arrested coming out of the home.

Once inside, officers say they realized they were in the middle of an active meth lab. Six officers were exposed to anhydrous ammonia, a chemical used to meth but they were not injured.

The unit backed out of the house and along with members of the Metro Narcotics Task Force, they suited up in haz-mat suits and went back in to separate the dangerous ingredients.

They also searched the house and that's when officials say they found the man who lives there, 32-year-old Joseph Beason, hiding behind a trap door he had created inside in a hallway.

All of the suspects have been taken to the Columbus Public Safety Building for questioning.

A DEA cleanup crew from Atlanta is en route to the scene to dispose of the lab. Electric plates, microwaves and various chemical bottles were strewn across the driveway and officials believe they found a shake and bake lab in the house.

One police officer was overcome during the operation and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

Joseph Beason was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

Rachel Bryant, 27, was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act Schedule II Methamphetamine, Obstruction of a police officer, Possession of a Drug-Related Object and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute.

Travis Hill, 29, and Chris Scarbrough, 35, were also arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act Schedule II Methamphetamine and Possession of a Drug-Related Object.

Stormy Post, 29, and Samantha Stevens, 31, were arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

All six suspects are scheduled to appear in Columbus Recorder's Court Saturday afternoon for a preliminary hearing.

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