Three Lafayette residents were arrested last Tuesday night, December 14th, after a search warrant led officers of the Macon County Sheriffs Department to the discovery of a meth lab and a large quantity of other various drugs at 1071 Austin Road.

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, the search warrant was executed around 10 p.m. last Tuesday after information was received by the MCSD criminal investigations department of drug related activity occurring at 1071 Austin Rd., the residence of 25-year-old Derrick Tyler Lender.

When authorities arrived at the residence, Lender was accompanied by 22-year-old Sagan Elise Durham and 46-year-old Jimmy Steen Douglas, who are believed to have been assisting Lender in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

During the search, authorities seized two meth labs, a jar of marijuana, several pipes used to smoke both marijuana and methamphetamine, surveillance equipment and a police scanner used to detect the presence of law enforcement in the area, a revolver, various ammunition, a container of various pills yet to determined, two clear bags filled with a white, powdery substance believed to be finished methamphetamine product, and over $150 in cash. Drugs were discovered in every room of the residence and in outbuildings located on the property.

Lender, Durham and Steen were arrested on charges of promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, intent to manufcature methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.A General Sessions Court date has been scheduled for January 5, 2010, and bond has been set at $50,000.

Last week’s meth lab discovery is one of several raids performed by the Macon County Sheriffs Department in the past few months and serves as another warning to those involved in the manufacture of this illegal and often lethal drug.

“I’d like to commend the officers here at the Macon County Sheriffs Department for their dedication to the war on drugs here in Macon County,” said Sheriff Gammons. “They are doing a tremendous job.”