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Summertown man arrested in family meth operation in Wayne County

Six individuals, including one Summertown resident, were arrested in connection with what authorities described as a family meth lab operation busted in neighboring Wayne County last week.

Wayne County Sheriff’s Department officials report that the arrests were made in the wake of a lengthy, in-depth investigation leading to one of the largest meth busts the department has made to-date.

Officials report that Clifford “Tippy” Martin, Jr., and wife Beverly Ann Martin, were operating a total of five separate meth operations at their Pine Ridge Road, Waynesboro, home, with the capability of yielding 5 grams of the drug from each batch.

They report that the property was guarded by Pit Bull dogs and that two “lookouts” were posted outside the home at any given time.

When drug agents executed a search warrant at the property last week, they report all of the contraband was seized and destroyed. Six individuals involved were arrested on numerous felony charges for producing methamphetamine including five Waynesboro residents and one from Lawrence County.

Wayne County residents arrested include Clifford Martin, 50, Beverly Martin, 46, nephew Johnny Lee Martin, 26, Keith Lynn Staggs, age 42, and James Benjamin Carrick, age 36.

Also arrested was Clifford Martin’s son Joseph Thomas Nievelt, age 23, of 214 Daly Street, Summertown. Clifford Martin also faces weapons charges.

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