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Raid shuts down suspected Sams Valley meth lab

The Jackson County Narcotics Enforcement Team has seized a meth lab in Sams Valley and declared unfit for use the rural property on Meadows Road where it was found.

Investigators arrested Johnny Raymond Kezer, 48, of the 12000 block of Meadows Road on charges of possession, delivery and manufacture of methamphetamine Tuesday.

When the team served a warrant on the property, it found a meth lab in an old semitrailer next to a shack with no plumbing where Kezer lived, said JACNET Commander Lt. Dewey Patten.

It was the third lab JACNET has seized this year, he said.

The lab wasn't in operation, but all the chemicals and equipment needed to make meth were present in boxes. Scales and packaging materials also were found, as was a small amount of meth, Patten said.

The property was designated an illegal drug manufacturing site and declared unfit for use. People won't be allowed to legally live on the property until a state-approved company tests and cleans up the property, which has numerous old RVs, buses and sheds filled with junk, Patten said. The main house on the property also must be tested for possible contamination. Kezer used the house to shower and eat, Patten said.

— Investigators will help the property owners start the clean-up process, he said.

State records currently list 13 other properties in Jackson County as unfit for use because of meth lab contamination.

Kezer was lodged in the Jackson County Jail, where he remained Wednesday on &

36;25,000 bail.