THOMASVILLE — Officials arrested four men on methamphetamine charges in Grady County Tuesday.

Grady County Sheriff Harry Young said Thursday tips led to the arrest of four males — all in their 20s — on a variety of charges involving the drug. The men were apprehended at 250 Old Newton Road, Pelham, at approximately 9:50 p.m.

Jeremy Thomas Fulghum, 23, of 243 Dogwood Lane, Thomas-ville, is charged with driving while license suspended, illegal possession of pseudoephedrine, violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, conspiracy to manufacture meth and possession of meth with intent to distribute.

“We consider him the main cooker,” Young said.

Joseph Michael White, 21, last known address in Pelham, is charged with violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of meth with intent to distribute, illegal possession of pseudoephedrine, possession of marijuana (less than an ounce), and conspiracy to manufacture meth.

James Blake Butler, 24, of 250 Old Newton Rd., Pelham, is charged with open container, violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of meth with intent to distribute, conspiracy to manufacture meth, possession of marijuana (less than ounce) and illegal possession of pseudoephedrine.

Dustin Eugene McMillan, 27, 482 Sapp Ave., Pelham, is charged with violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of marijuana (less than an ounce), illegal possession of pseudoephedrine, conspiracy to manufacture meth, possession of meth with intent to distribute and open container.

All four had previous felony charges, Young said.

“We got a call about illegal activity going on at a residence and set up contact with the Southwest Georgia Drug Task Force,” Young said. “We gave them the information and they were already looking at these people. Surveillance was set up in the area to try to get more information.”

Grady County Sheriff’s Office deputies and drug squad investigators responded to Cane Road, where the men were setting up to cook meth.

“When they came out, we followed them to 250 Newton Road,” Young said. “We tried to make a traffic stop in a short distance from Newton Road, but they made no attempt to stop. We apprehended them as soon as they turned into the driveway. They were surrounded and did not try to run.”

Inside the sports utility vehicle they were in, officials found ingredients for a meth lab. The vehicle was confiscated and the men were placed under arrest.

McMillian and Smith each received $11,000 bonds, but had not bonded out of Grady County Jail as of Thursday afternoon, Young said.

Fulghum and Butler also have $11,000 bonds, but will not be able to bond out because Butler has a probation hold from Red Hills Probation and Fulghum violated parole in Decatur County.

They will have either a parole or probation hearing to determine whether or not they will be granted bond.

This is the first meth bust of its kind in a while, Young said.

“We’ve made a big difference in meth production in this county and have cut it more than in half of what it was when I took office. We’re working strongly with the drug task force and seem to be on the right path.”

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