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Child taken to hospital after meth lab raid

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Authorities with the Surry County Sheriff’s Office brought charges against five people after a meth lab raid in Ararat on Friday.


Authorities said charges are also pending against other individuals, including the mother of a 2-year-old who was living at the residence.


Sheriff Graham Atkinson said six people were in the home on Friday.


Donald Ray Beck, 43, and his wife, Angela Michelle Beck, 41, were charged with the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a drug house and possession of precursor chemicals for the production of methamphetamine.


Authorities also arrested Andrew Clay Edmonds, 19; Steven Edward Gwyn, 36; and 27-year-old Jennifer Lora Golding.


All five of the home’s occupants were charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to authorities.


“This was an operation that was selling the production in bulk,” Atkinson said. “Usually we find the meth in packages for individual sale, but at this residence we found the meth packaged in plastic containers.”


Atkinson said authorities did not have an estimate of the amount of drugs, but said it was significant. The county’s hazmat team was called in to assist with decontamination of the child who was taken to Northern Hospital of Surry County for evaluation, according to officials.

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