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September 2, 2011

Meth lab busted

Deputies were looking for stolen goods

Even though Susan Pineda agreed with a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office sergeant that a dog lying in the yard of a north Whitfield home where a meth lab was discovered was mean, she still wanted to make sure it wouldn’t be abandoned.

“We were wanting to find out what was going to happen to it, and possibly we could care for it, instead of it being sent to a shelter and being put down,” said Pineda, a resident of the Whitfield Acres subdivision of Varnell. She described the dog resting under the shade of a tree as a “shepherd-police mix.”

Brandi Joyell Davis, 36, of 208 Frontier Trail in Varnell, was charged with felony burglary, possession of methamphetamine and manufacturing meth when the lab was discovered as a search was being conducted for stolen goods. She also goes by the name of Brandi Keith, said Capt. Rick Swiney. He said the meth lab was discovered while the theft investigation was under way.

“This started as a burglary investigation at 108 Frontier Trail, those are some mini-warehouses up in Varnell,” Swiney said. “On Aug. 25 several units were discovered broken into and property taken from different individuals up there. There was a car caught on video leaving the area ... and investigators were able to determine the owner of the vehicle.”

As a result, Patricia Darlene Weir, 54, of 1302 Moice Drive, No. 3, in Dalton, was charged with burglary.

“She was found to be on that date in possession of some of that stolen property,” Swiney said. “(Detectives) continued their investigation and determined some of the stolen property was also up on Frontier Trail, where (Weir’s) niece (Brandi Davis) lived. They determined the niece was involved in the burglary.”

When deputies executed the search warrant they found stolen goods and also the meth lab “in operation,” Swiney said, with “some of the finished product.”

He said since the product was in bottles it was hard to determine how much there was. The lab was determined to be safe enough that deputies could take materials out to the driveway.

Pineda was asked if she knew her neighbors where the lab was discovered.

“I know of them,” she said.

Asked about any out-of-the-routine activity, she alluded to a lot of vehicles coming and going at the residence.

“Yeah, it doesn’t discriminate,” she said, refusing to elaborate.

An officer told Pineda an older resident would be staying in the home and taking care of the dog.

Weir and Davis remained in the jail late Thursday.

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