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Meth makers arrest was a big bust
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The Effingham County Sheriffs Office said Dean Collum was supplying meth to neighboring counties as well. - photo by Photo provided

A late Thursday afternoon raid has taken one of the county’s major meth makers and dealers out of commission, authorities believe.

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office Drug Suppression Unit arrested Dean Collum, 50, and William Collum, 54, along with Karen Boutwell, 27. Each was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine.

“They were supplying meth to people inside and outside of Effingham County,” said ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor. “They were big suppliers in the area.

“It was a big bust for us.”

Agents found 62 one-pot labs in their raid at the Mclaws Road home. Some of the meth pots were found in a nearby dumpster, according to reports.

Dean Collum was arrested 13 months ago for manufacturing methamphetamin at the same house. He was out on bond, awaiting trial. All three went before a judge Friday morning and were bound over to Superior Court. They are being held without bond.

Investigators had been keeping tabs on Dean Collum since he made bond and was released from custody.

“Ever since he got out of jail, we received information this was occurring at the house,” Ehsanipoor said. “We’ve been watching him for several months.”

Effingham Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie also expressed his gratitude for the help provided by area residents in curtailing meth activity.

“It was a combination of a lot of things, between our drug suppression team and local citizens,” he said.

Investigators also seized guns and items used to make meth.