Meth lab found in motel concerns business owners

Jackie Ray Beasley Jr. and Heather Studer (Source: Richmond Co. Sheriff's Office)
Jackie Ray Beasley Jr. and Heather Studer (Source: Richmond Co. Sheriff's Office)

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A meth lab was found at the Economy Inn on Dean's Bridge Road around 7:30 a.m. Friday.

Investigators say they found 1.2 grams of meth and 2.1 grams of cocaine in the motel room.

Jackie Ray Beasley Jr. and Heather Studer are both being charged with manufacturing and trafficking methamphetamines and possession of cocaine, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

People in the area are concerned for their safety, and one business man, who wishes to remain anonymous, says the area has gotten worse.

"They are very, very dangerous people, and they need to be off the street," he said. 

He's owned a business on Dean's Bridge Road for six years, and says the crime in the area makes it hard to make a profit.

"We need more police force to secure our business," he said. "It's very difficult to make a business right now if you ask me." 

He's invested $10,000 in a security camera system to help keep his business safe form crime, he and isn't just watching them at work.

"I watch the cameras at home too, so I mean I'm all the time busy with this property because I want to keep them out of my property," he says as he points out the various cameras around his business. 

He says the main  thing the area needs is a stronger police presence.

"We need more and more police patrol nighttime and the day time, they need more undercover cops so they can catch them," he said.

He feels once the drug problem is taken care, the area will start to clean up and businesses will be able to make a profit again.

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