An Orangeburg man on probation for distributing methamphetamine is facing new drug charges.

Gerald Nathan Thomas, 46, of 170 Shulmer Road, has been charged with second-offense manufacturing methamphetamine, first-offense possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent felony and probation violation.

His probation supervision is set to end Oct. 29, 2020.

Warrants dated Dec. 29, 2017 accuse Thomas of possessing a “fully functional methamphetamine lab at his residence of 170 Shulmer Road. Said lab contained all of the necessary components for one to make meth as well as residue of methamphetamine.”

Warrants also allege that Thomas was in possession of 1.5 grams of methamphetamine, two 12-gauge shotguns and ammunition.

According to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Investigator Sgt. Riley Godwin and units from the special operations and narcotics division converged on the Shulmer Road residence on Dec. 29 at 8 p.m.

Officers used a loud speaker to order the occupants out of the residence.

About five minutes later, Thomas and his girlfriend exited the residence.

Officers discovered a functional methamphetamine lab on the kitchen counter along with cooked methamphetamine, the report states.

Godwin asked Thomas to show him the shotgun that he previously saw him with during a traffic stop on Christmas Eve, which Thomas allegedly evaded, according to the report.

Thomas showed him the shotgun and another one that was cut off shorter than the legal length, the report said.

Thomas also allegedly told officers that the methamphetamine lab and product were his and his only.

Officers contacted his girlfriend’s mother, asking that the girlfriend be removed from the home because she, “appeared to be under the influence of narcotics and due to that fact and the extremely cold temperatures along with no heat (at the residence).”

Thomas appeared before Orangeburg County Magistrate Willie Robinson on Tuesday morning.

Godwin told the court, “He’s a danger to the community. He’s continuing to do the same thing over and over and over again.”

During the bond hearing, Thomas’s girlfriend stood by his side.

“He’s been trying to do good. That was my gun I bought as a Christmas gift for someone and it was in the car,” she told the court.

Thomas also addressed the court.

“I come to him (probation officer) every month. I have problems. We all have problems,” he said.

“The way they make things look, it’s unreal,” he said of officers.

“As far as a firearm, that was her gun,” he said.

“I’ve been held here since the 29th (of December) and I haven’t even received warrants until today.”

“All of the times I’ve been before you, you’ve always been a fair man,” Thomas said to Robinson.

“Physically, I’ve never hurt nobody.”

Robinson replied, “I love to hear a long story, but I’m not here to hear any of that.”

He explained the he was interested in hearing any requests he had about him setting his bond.

Robinson set Thomas’s bond at $175,000 cash or surety.

He ordered Thomas to adhere to the following conditions if he’s able to post bond: stay out of trouble, not leave the state without permission of the court and not change his residential address without notifying his probation officer.

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Crime Reporter

Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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