DTF arrests Sanford couple for meth

Published 12:03 am Thursday, February 9, 2012

Drug Task Force agents put yet another meth lab out of business Tuesday – this time in Sanford.

Drug Task Force Com-mander Mark Odom said after the agency had received numerous complaints about possible drug activity at the home of Joseph and Bethany Butts, agents decided to pay the couple a visit.


“Once at the Butts’ home, DTF agents saw in plain view items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine, such as muriatic acid, cold packs, Coleman fuel and the like,” Odom said. “They could also detect an odor that’s commonly present when methamphetamine is being produced.”

Odom said after obtaining a search warrant, agents recovered those multiple items, as well as some finished meth product.

Each of the Butts was charged with manufacturing a controlled substance II, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were booked into the Covington County Jail and held on a $270,000 bond.

Odom said that meth labs continue to increase for his department.

“We continue to run into these smaller labs, weekly,” he said. “I just want all of those using and cooking meth to know that if you are involved in this, we are coming after you.”


DTF agents were assisted by the Covington County Department of Human Resources and the Covington County Sheriff’s Office, Odom said.