Crime

Meth lab discovery comes after couple holes up in house for 45 minutes

Tony and Amy Abernathy were arrested Friday morning at their Barnesville home which Lamar County deputies say was being used to make methamphetamine.
Tony and Amy Abernathy were arrested Friday morning at their Barnesville home which Lamar County deputies say was being used to make methamphetamine. breaking@macon.com

A husband and wife barricaded themselves inside a Barnesville house Friday as Lamar County deputies tried to serve an arrest warrant.

Officers had a Houston County arrest warrant for Tony Ray Abernathy of 272 Aldora St. and arrived about 9 a.m. Friday, according to a release from the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office.

Abernathy and his wife, Amy Louise, both 49, did not come out for 45 minutes.

When they did, officers discovered the house was being used to manufacture methamphetamine, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies cleared the house and called for Lamar County Fire and Rescue and other officers to decontaminate the house.

One deputy sustained breathing issues and was treated at Upson Regional Medical Center and released.

Both Abernathys were taken into custody, and charges are pending, the office said.

The Houston County Sheriff’s Office warrants for Tony Abernathy are for identity fraud and forgery in the first degree charges, according to Houston County sheriff’s Capt. M.J. Stokes, warrant division commander.

Staff writer Becky Purser contributed to this article.

Liz Fabian: 478-744-4303, @liz_lines

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