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Feds Bust Drug Lab in Middle Georgia

BARNESVILLE, Ga. -- Federal investigators say a drug lab found in a Lamar County mobile home is one of the largest they've seen.

Adam Morton, 27, of Atlanta was arrested Tuesday night after an informant's tip led deputies to the Lamar County home he rented, authorities said. Morton faces at least one drug manufacturing charge, with other charges pending.

"They weren't making to supply Lamar County," said Sheriff Larry Waller. "They were supplying the Southeast ... It was a very large operation."

Federal and state investigators are trying to determine if chemicals found inside the mobile home were used to make methamphetamine or Ecstasy.

If it turns out to be an Ecstasy lab, it would be one of about 20 found in the United States, said Ruth Porter-Whipple of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A DEA crew cleaned up the 13-acre site in southeast Lamar County, but Porter-Whipple said officials would still have to check the property for contamination.

"Based on the quantity of chemicals and waste products that were found, there's no way of knowing what kind of damage was done to the property and the water table," she said.

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