Fulton County man facing charges linked to methamphetamine production

Fulton County man facing charges linked to methamphetamine production

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012 5:00 pm

A Fulton County man has been arrested and is facing multiple meth-related charges stemming from an investigation by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.
Millard Ray Powell, 62, of Cox Road in Fulton County was arrested Nov. 17 in Fulton County and is currently being held in the Fulton County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash bond. He has been charged with unlawful possession of meth precursors (first offense), possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) (first offense and second offense), manufacturing methamphetamine (second or greater offense), possession of marijuana, convicted felon in possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Powell’s preliminary hearing on the charges is scheduled for early Tuesday at the Fulton County Courthouse.
The investigation that resulted in Powell’s arrest actually began Oct. 26 when the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department Special Response Team executed a search warrant on Powell’s residence on Cox Road.
Through investigations it was determined that methamphetamine was being manufactured at this dwelling, a news release stated. Acting on reports that Powell had stated he was not going to return to prison, Sheriff Bobby Hopper made arrangements with the Marshall County Special Response Team to secure the dwelling before the search warrant was executed, according to the release.
The release said the Special Response Team cleared the house and out-buildings and no one was found on the property.
Fulton County deputies searched the property and areas were identified where previous cooks had taken place, but no active lab was found. There were ingredients found that are used to manufacture methamphetamine throughout the property. Other items found and seized were electronic surveillance equipment, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and different types of weapons and ammunition, according to the release.
Powell was actually found and arrested at another residence in Fulton County. The Twin Cities Ambulance Service was also involved in the case.

Published in The Messenger 11.26.12

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