"Late last night, CNT agents executed a search warrant at 41 Moon River Drive on Burnside Island. There, agents located an inactive methamphetamine lab and
all ingredients needed to manufacture meth," according to a CNT spokesperson.
"A further search of the residence and the three of acres of property resulted in the discovery of evidence that previous cooks had occurred. Several burn piles were also located on the property," the spokesperson says.
Burn piles are commonly associated with manufacturing because people regularly burn trash in an attempt to avoid detection by law enforcement, CNT says.
A shotgun and various forms of controlled substances were also seized during the search warrant. "Despite no power at the residence, it was equipped with video surveillance cameras running off generators," CNT says.
CNT arrested 30-year-old Brian Mastison of Savannah. Mastison was arrested on multiple felony charges to include Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
Mastison was also wanted by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Appear. Mastison remains in the Chatham County Detention Center after he was denied bond in the Recorder’s Court of Chatham County, Georgia.
"CNT’s investigation into the residence began in March 2016 after agents identified the residence as a location utilized by known meth manufacturers, dealers and users," the spokesperson says.
:CNT identified additional people during its investigation and determined meth was being manufactured there. CNT also received information from concerned neighbors who reported suspicious activity, heavy vehicle traffic and strange smells coming from the residence."
Said CNT Director Everette Ragan, “This is an excellent example of partnership between CNT and the community. With the community’s help, CNT was able to further its investigation. This is also a reminder that drugs can be found anywhere and we are committed to combating drugs throughout Chatham County.”
CNT says it is filing to seize the residence property.