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Houston County sheriff’s narcotics investigators shut down Ecstasy pill lab; arrest 3

Authorities show Ecstasy pills that were found in a hidden compartment in 2006.
Authorities show Ecstasy pills that were found in a hidden compartment in 2006. Getty Images

Houston County sheriff’s narcotics investigators have shut down an Ecstasy pill lab and arrested its three accused operators.

Raymond Edward Chatfield Jr., 41, of Byron, Krystin N. Hardy, 25, of Byron, and Raeshonda Monique Wallace, 37, of Warner Robins, are all charged with multiple drug offenses in connection with the operation from trafficking to manufacturing for sale to possession, according to a Houston County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The three allegedly had two manual pill presses capable of converting a chemical compounds known as the Ecstasy street drug from powder to tablets.

Also seized was a manual press used for packaging, said Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland, head of criminal investigations.

“It’s an unusual case because it’s not often that you work a narcotics investigation that involves the use of these pill presses,” Holland said. “It’s not something you see a lot of.”

One press was capable of producing 2,000 to 2,500 tablets per hour, the release said.

Narcotics investigators also seized 3,799 Ecstasy tablets worth about $18,995 on the street, as well as 2,371 grams of powder Ecstasy worth $39,515 on the street.

Undisclosed amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and THC oil were also seized, along with drug paraphernalia such as scales.

The arrests stem from a two-month-long investigation.

During the investigation, the accused allegedly moved the pill lab from an undisclosed location to 723 North Davis Drive, the release said.

The sheriff’s response team, a tactical team, gained entry and secured the residence when it was raided by authorities Tuesday.

Chatfield, Hardy and Wallace were all being held without bond Friday in the Houston County Detention Center, Holland said.