February 5, 2013 9:58:27 AM
Sarah Fowler - [email protected]
A search for stolen property in New Hope resulted in the discovery of a meth lab and the arrest of two people on Monday.
Seven people were originally detained and taken in for questioning, but five were later released.
Kirby Donovan Dies, 39, of 2995 New Hope Rd., was arrested for manufacturing methamphethamine and burglary and Brianna Reynolds of the same address was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine. Dies has been previously convicted on drug charges.
Law enforcement officials with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department raided a home on Pinewood Drive in New Hope early Monday afternoon after they received a tip that stolen items from several recent burglaries were at that location.
After entering to a mobile home on the property, agents discovered numerous stolen electronic components, including televisions, stereo systems and game-system equipment. Sheriff Mike Arledge said the items are believed to have been stolen from several Lowndes County homes and Border Springs Baptist Church in Caledonia.
While conducting their search, detectives discovered the remnants of a meth lab in an out building on the property. Precursors were also found in the trashcan by the curb. Eight people were discovered inside the home, including a small child. The toddler's mother was one of the seven detained.
The mobile home sits on a lot in a residential neighborhood less than a mile from the New Hope School campus. The home that was previously on the lot burned down last year.
Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.