Meth lab discovered in Riverdale

By Linda Looney-Bond


On Wednesday, the Clayton County Sheriff's Office Fugitive/Tactical Investigation Unit arrested a man who was, allegedly, operating a meth lab in his Riverdale home.

David John Corlee, 37, was arrested at the house, located at 6518 Hayes Drive, according to Sgt. Sonja Sanchez, a spokesperson for the sheriff's office.

Corlee is charged with criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, according to Sanchez.

"Investigators were given information from an anonymous tipster," Sanchez said in a written statement. "The residence was placed under surveillance for roughly one week."

Sanchez said Corlee refused to authorize a search of the residence, so authorities contacted the homeowner, who gave consent for the house to be searched.

Authorities found four "cooked" units of methamphetamine in the home, each weighing approximately 1/4 to 1/2 ounces, Sanchez said in the statement. A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration team was brought in to handle the hazardous material, she said.

Corlee was arrested without incident, and transported to the Clayton County Jail, according to Sanchez. He was scheduled for a first appearance hearing Thursday. According to online court records, Corlee is represented by the law firm of Lister and Holt, which could not be reached for comment on Thursday.