Sheriff's Department Finds Meth Lab While Investigating Domestic Assault

September 7, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
Brandon Gurley
Jamie Lee Hodges

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department arrested a man and his girlfriend for manufacturing methamphetamine on Monday, August 30th after going to the woman's residence on Old Bildad Road to investigate a domestic complaint and finding a meth lab.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says 27 year old Brandon Gurley of 648 Foster Road is charged with manufacture of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and domestic assault. His bond totals $27,500 and he will be in court on September 30th.

Gurley's girlfriend, 22 year old Jamie Lee Hodges of Old Bildad Road, Smithville is also charged with manufacture of a schedule II controlled substance. Her bond is $25,000 and she will be in court on September 30th.

According to Sheriff Ray, deputies responded to a domestic call at Hodges' residence on the Old Bildad Road. A witness had reported seeing Gurley assaulting Hodges. By the time officers arrived, Gurley had left. During the investigation, deputies discovered a meth lab at the residence. Hodges was placed under arrest and Gurley was later picked up and charged.

Sheriff Ray says both Gurley and Hodges admitted to buying the components to make meth, had knowledge that meth was being manufactured there, and they shared in the proceeds.

Gurley was also charged with assaulting Hodges by grabbing her by the neck and pushing her head against a car door leaving red marks on her neck.

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