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254 grams of meth, 120 pounds of meth waste located in Saluda

Paul Preston Quattlebaum, Jr (Source: Saluda County Sheriff's Office) Paul Preston Quattlebaum, Jr (Source: Saluda County Sheriff's Office)
SALUDA COUNTY (WIS) -

Two-hundred and fifty-four grams of methamphetamine were among the items seized after Saluda County Sheriff's deputies say they found a clandestine meth lab in an abandoned barn on Wednesday.

According to a release from the Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested Paul Preston Quattlebaum, Jr. after locating the lab. 

Sheriff's officials say they were familiar with Quattlebaum because he had been charged with making meth back in 2013. Quattlebaum pleaded guilty to that charge and received 15 years suspended to 3 years probation.

Deputies say they found Quattlebaum's newest operation after an incident involving the theft of scrap metal at a nearby property.

Authorities say a person chased Quattlebaum off the property, but he escaped in a red Ford truck.

Officials say astute narcotics officers who were listening to radio traffic at the time of the incident knew where Quattlebaum could be headed due to recent tips suggesting potential suspicious activity at the barn.

A search warrant was quickly issued when officers arrived at the scene and smelled a chemical odor consistent with meth manufacturing.

Once the search was complete, investigators located 120 bottles with 250 pounds worth of meth waste and a white powdery substance that field tests confirmed was meth.

Quattlebaum was taken into custody, but Sheriff's officials have not said what he has been charged with.

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