Official: Meth lab found in Statham repair shop

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

WINDER -- Barrow County authorities arrested two people after uncovering a clandestine methamphetamine lab in a Statham repair shop, officials said Friday.

Acting on a tip, deputies responded to the 1840 Hog Mountain Road property Thursday evening and found two people -- Billy Joe Shealy Sr., 46, of Monroe, and Connie Lee Krachinski, 47, of Pinson, Al. -- in the process of whipping up meth in a repair shop on the property, said Barrow County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Ryan Sears.

Several components used to make meth -- two containers of liquid, plastic tubing and a gas generator -- were confiscated. GBI officials and a hazardous materials decontamination crew helped document and clean the scene, which was turned over to the property owner, Sears said.

In light of the discovery, Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith stressed that meth manufacturing "poses a danger to not only the people involved, but to anyone around the location of the clandestine lab."

Shealy, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, was also arrested for an outstanding warrant in Hall County. Krachinski was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Both suspects are being held at the Barrow County Detention Center.