2013-11-13 / For The Record

Deputies arrest suspected meth dealers

By Elizabeth Bilips


Deputies seized eight guns, nearly $1,000 cash and methamphetamines Deputies seized eight guns, nearly $1,000 cash and methamphetamines Two suspected meth dealers were shut down last week, thanks to a tip from an informant.

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.


William"Turbo" McKeigan William"Turbo" McKeigan Officers searched the trailer and seized seven guns, including one that had been stolen out of Richmond County last summer.

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.



Ted Arnold Hanson Ted Arnold Hanson

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