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Dalton police bust ‘old school' meth lab

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Officers Tommy Ensley (left) and Serena Martin (right) photograph and log evidence. Officers Tommy Ensley (left) and Serena Martin (right) photograph and log evidence.

After a lengthy investigation, Dalton investigators arrested three people and discovered a large meth lab.

Bruce Wayne Bailey, 45, Chayne Allen Bailey, 23, and Katherine Leighann Wheat, 21, were charged for their roles in allegedly making and distributing methamphetamine.

Before the arrests, Wheat was pulled over by police for a traffic stop. She gave officers consent to search her car and they found a meth pipe, according to reports.

Detectives discovered Wheat lived with Bailey at an apartment off Vernon Avenue.

A warrant was obtained to search Bailey's home.

When officers searched the home they discovered a red phosphorous-type meth lab at the apartment, according to reports.

Police said a red phosphorous lab is rare. The lab is a much larger operation than the smaller ‘shake-and-bake' type labs, according to Dalton Police reports.

Chief Ray Grossman from the Cohutta Police Department helped investigators dismantle the lab.

The cleanup cost is estimated at $10,000, which is covered by the GBI.

Bruce Bailey was arrested at his workplace on Emery Street.  He was in possession of 1.4 grams of meth and was arrested, according to Dalton officers.

Bruce Bailey was charged with possession of methamphetamine and selling methamphetamine.

Chayne Bailey and Wheat were both charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, intent to distribute and other charges.

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