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Drug raid, arson lead to two arrests

Two Dozier residents are in the Covington County Jail awaiting bond in connection with a drug and arson event on Saturday night in the Searight community.

According to Investigator Elliott King of the Covington County Sheriff's Department, officers with the Sheriff's Department and the Gantt Police Department went to a residence on Odom Loop Road at approximately 7:49 p.m. to do a welfare check on a subject who apparently lived at the residence.

When officers arrived, they attempted to make contact with a subject or subjects inside. This continued for five minutes or longer. While outside, officers allegedly heard sounds of people running inside and things breaking.

Eventually a door opened and a subject ran out of the house, said King, and once the door was opened, officers smelled a strong odor realted to methamphetamine production.

The subject who ran outside was detained, and an officer heard another subject in another room of the residence.

Once the officer made entry into the room, he witnessed a fire ignite in the adjoining room.

A second subject was then detained.

Both of the subjects were ultimately detained and transported to the Covington County Jail.

The subjects were identified as Jeremy Lovan Arthur, 22, of Dozier and Charles Michael Adams, 30, also of Dozier.

Both subjects were charged with arson in the first degree, attempted murder of an officer, conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and burglary in the first degree.

They were transported to the jail on bonds of $500,000 apiece.

Officers working the case included Deputies Greg Jackson and Blaine Wilson and Reserve Officer Thomas Huggins of the Covington County Sheriff's Department and officers Kevin Owens and Ray Dixon of the Gantt Police Department.