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Three arrested in drug bust at Salem

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

On Monday, Aug. 9 officers with the state police and the 16th Judicial Task Force were following up on information they had received and were walking along an electrical power line right of way when they discovered several suspected marijuana plants ranging in height from four to six feet.

Officers observed a well-worn path leading from the plants to the residence and property of Michael Galbraith.

After arriving at the residence, officers obtained written consent to search the property and residence and found several plastic zip lock bags containing what appeared to be marijuana.

Additional items were identified about the residence, and all occupants of the home were transported to the Fulton County Sheriff's Department while a search warrant was obtained.

In post-Miranda statements given to officers, Michael Glabraith and his son, Christopher Galbraith, admitted to tending to the suspected marijuana plants and stated that they used the drug for pain relief.

Christopher Galbraith's girlfriend, Haley Montgomery, who was visiting the home, stated that she had seen the plants at the residence. The other occupant of the house, Floyd Galbraith, was excluded from knowing about or having anything to do with the suspected marijuana plants growing around the property.

During the execution of the search warrant, officers recovered 43 marijuana plants, approximately two-and-a-half pounds of marijuana, several smoking pipes, several hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes, numerous plastic bags, a set of hand-held digital scales with narcotic residue and pay-owe sheets.

Officers also located several opened cold compresses (ammonium nitrate), a nearly full container labeled Liquid Fire (sulpheric acid), an opened container labeled Drano Kitchen Crystals (sodium hydroxide), burned empty blister packs (pseudoephedrine), several burned lithium battery strips and a plastic cap with a rubber hose attached through its center, which is a suspected HCL generator lid.

Through the officer's training, these items were identified as articles known to be used in the manufacturing process for methamphetamine utilizing the "one-pot" method. A total of approximately three grams of suspected methamphetamine was also located during the search of the residence.

Michael Galbraith, Christopher Galbraith and Haley Montgomery have all been charged with five felony counts, including possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), manufacture of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture (methamphetamine) and use or possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia.

The Galbraith's remain in jail without bail. Montgomery has been released on a $50,000 bond.

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