Probation check leads to meth lab bust

A check by a state probation officer on Wednesday led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab, Columbus police said.

The probation officer contacted the Special Operations Unit of Columbus police around 1 p.m. about a possible lab at 4248 Fort St. When agents arrived, they found what Capt. Gil Slouchick described as a Nazi or Birch method meth lab.

The name comes from its World War II German inventors and involves lithium batteries in its creation.

Agents found some 15 containers used for making the drug, though no finished product, Slouchick said.

“There’s nothing else you do with this stuff except make methamphetamine,” he added.

Police called in a clean-up team from Atlanta to dispose of the lab, the captain said.

Dyrul Courtney, 31, was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine. He appeared in Columbus Recorder’s Court Thursday morning and waived his preliminary hearing, Slouchick said. Jail records state that he has no bond.