Deputies arrest suspected meth dealers
The information took Burke County deputies to the Manderson Circle home of William “Turbo” McKeigan, 55, who agreed to let officers have a look around.
“We immediately spotted a marijuana plant,” Sgt. Dan Lowe said, describing a wellmaintained garden behind his home. “And then another. And another. And another.”
Deputies also found at least two grams of crystal meth, along with scales, glass pipes, $931 in cash and a gun.
More firearms were seized when they checked a camper parked on the back of McKeigan’s property.
“We could see a gentleman through the window of the camper,” Sgt. Lowe said. “When he saw us he immediately closed the blinds.”
Inside they found 60-year-old Ted Arnold Hanson and a kitchen table scattered with drug paraphernalia like digital scales and rolling papers. Hanson told them it was for marijuana but when he reached into a box to surrender his stash he accidentally uncovered a Tupperware container with crystal meth inside.
Hanson is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and theft by receiving stolen property (firearm).
McKeigan was arrested for manufacturing marijuana, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.