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Meth lab found in Dawson County; 4 people arrested
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Four suspects are in custody after drug agents raided a home in southeastern Dawson County where an active methamphetamine lab was uncovered.

Daniel Ray Hughett, 38, and Emali Denai Sage, 24, both of Dawsonville, were arrested along with Bonnie Rose Pardue, 31, of Cornelia on Jan. 27. They are charged with conspiracy to commit the crime of manufacturing methamphetamine.

A fourth suspect, Brian K. Padgett, 30, of Dawsonville, was arrested Monday and is facing the same charge, according to Dawson County Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Tony Wooten.

Drug agents were on the scene at the Hanging Dog Road home Jan. 28 to dismantle the suspected drug lab.

Wooten said local narcotics officers worked with Appalachian Drug Task Force agents to take down the operation.

“As a part of the ongoing investigation, it was determined that there were items still at the residence that were used to manufacture methamphetamine,” Wooten said. “Investigators went back with a hazmat team to gather any additional evidence and destroy potentially dangerous items used to make methamphetamine.”

The lab was located inside a single-wide trailer set back from the road.

The suspects are being held without bond in the Dawson County Detention Center, according to jail records.

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