Columbus busts meth lab in vehicle

Published 9:04 am Monday, January 28, 2013

On Jan. 4, 2013 the Columbus Police Department arrested George McKendre Haynes III, 32, of Central, S.C. following a traffic stop on Interstate I-26.

George McKendre Haynes III

Haynes was charged with felony manufacturing methamphetamine, felony possession of methamphetamine precursor chemicals, felony possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances, felony possession of a counterfeit instrument, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon.  Haynes is held in the Polk County Jail in lieu of a $130,000 secured bond, with his next court appearance on Feb. 6, 2013.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located the components and substances to manufacture methamphetamine. The Columbus Police Department was assisted in the stop by Deputy Russell and K9 “Trixie” of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.  The investigation is continuing, with the assistance of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Clandestine Lab Response Team.

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– submitted by the Columbus Police Department