Theft Suspect Faces Drug & Child Neglect Charges

   Of the three people arrested Tuesday in connection with the theft this past weekend at the Allupress Plant in Hunter Industrial Park, one was also charged with a break-in and theft of goods valued at $4,000 earlier in November from the same location. Meanwhile, 33-year-old Bobby Joe “BJ” Sams of 259 Smith Road, Laurens is now facing additional charges from the Sheriff’s Office. He was served yesterday with charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Illegal Disposal of Meth Waste, Distribution of Methamphetamine within a Half-Mile of a School or Playground and with Unlawful Neglect of a Child. Sheriff’s Lt. Jawarski Shelton states that on December 3rd BJ Sams had in his possession items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine at 177 Patton Road, that he illegally disposed of meth waste at that location, and that he distributed methamphetamine at 177 Patton Road, which is within a half mile of Ford Elementary School. Lt. Shelton also alleges that Sams placed a minor child at unreasonable risk of harm at 177 Patton Road, also on Tuesday, December 3rd, and that he is the child’s parent or guardian. During arraignment yesterday, cash or surety bonds on the three drug charges were set totaling $60,000. A $15,000 bond was set on the Child Neglect charge.