Local man can’t stay out of trouble

DANNY KETTER, 54, was arrested on meth charges last week by Grady County Sheriff’s Office personnel. (Photo courtesy Grady County Sheriff’s Office)

For the fourth time in as many years, a Grady County man has been arrested on charges connected with the same illegal drug, methamphetamine. Danny Ketter, 54, was arrested at his home on Wilder Road Wednesday, April 14; the same home where he was also arrested on meth charges just five months ago on Dec. 16, 2009, then nearly three years ago on Sept. 9, 2007, and four years ago on Sept. 5, 2006.
In this most recent case, investigators with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 1265-A Wilder Rd., at 4 p.m. Inside the home they allegedly recovered a “working” meth lab along with components commonly used to make methamphetamine. “Ketter was home alone at the time and was arrested without incident,” states Sheriff’s Investigator Steve Clark.
The Sheriff’s Office had to secure the scene until a professional cleanup crew could arrive and take custody of the lab, a potentially explosive and toxic area due to the chemicals used to make meth.
Ketter was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of anhydrous ammonia, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Last December, Ketter was charged with criminal attempt to manufacture meth, possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of anhydrous ammonia, possession of firearm by a convicted felon, possession of firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of marijuana less than an ounce, and possession of ephedrine in an altered state. He was arrested then after Grady County Sheriff’s officers executed a search warrant of his Wilder Road home.
In 2007, Ketter was arrested along with four Cairo neighbors accused of preparing to cook meth in their vehicle. Ketter was not in the car when officers arrested the other four, but was identified as a fifth suspect and arrested at his home, where officers said they found meth lab components. At that time Ketter, then 51, was charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth, possession of meth and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
In 2006 an agent with the then active Southwest Georgia Drug Task Force acted on a complaint of meth activity, and arrested Ketter at his home after allegedly finding meth in Ketter’s pocket and residence. He was charged then with possession of methamphetamine.
For this most recent arrest, Ketter is being held in the Grady Detention Center.

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