Man arrested in meth-lab bust

By Troy Foster
   News Editor
   A man accused of operating a methamphetamine lab from his Madras home faces two local drug-related charges as well as unrelated charges stemming from two outstanding warrants.
   George Abraham Nahas III of 4548 N. Adams Dr. was arrested on Oct. 25 after the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team along with Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies found evidence of a meth lab in his vehicle.
   Later, detectives with a search warrant searched Nahas' residence and located clues of meth production there.
   Nahas' manufacturing charge is a class B felony, while the three counts of possession against him are class C felonies.
   Nahas also had two outstanding warrants for his arrest -- one for drunken driving, the other for first-degree burglary/assault II -- and was wanted in the state of Washington.
   He is lodged at the Jefferson County Jail with bail set at $45,000. He will appear Nov. 16 in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
   Sgt. Steve Webb of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team said this latest alleged meth lab was the seventh such drug-making setup they have discovered in 2001.
   "Until this year, as far as I'm aware, Jefferson County had never had a meth lab," Webb said. "Everywhere the numbers are rising considerably."
   This was also Nahas' second arrest in two months. CODE officers arrested him Aug. 23. He was arraigned then on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance and conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance. However, Nahas was given a conditional release two days later.
   The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team is comprised of investigators from all of Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson county law enforcement agencies, including the Oregon State Police, the Oregon National Guard, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.