Photo Gallery | Six arrested in meth bust
Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies and officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) seized a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated at a home on Buggy Road near Batesburg and arrested three men and three women who are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine at the residence.
The report said on Sunday, January 6 deputies and NET officers arrested Heather Lynn Brazell, 22, of 208 Stone Road, Batesburg; Kevin Delano Duncan, 46, of 4189 Highway 23, Batesburg; Retha Rena Koon, 44, of 1489 Highway 23, Batesburg; Lacey Rae Langford, 27, of 121 Corley Trail, Monetta; Jared William McCullough, 34, of 2219 Broad Street, Leesville; and Jason Wayne McCullough, 36, of 132 Buggy Road, Batesburg. NET officers later obtained arrest warrants for Brazell, Duncan, Koon, Langford, Jared McCullough and Jason McCullough on one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine.
Brazell, Langford, Jared McCullough and Jason McCullough each were being held on Wednesday, January 9 at the Lexington County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond.
Duncan was being held on Wednesday at the county Detention Center on a $25,000 bond. Koon was being held on Wednesday at the county Detention Center on bail totaling $17,500.
According to the report, around 11:16 p.m. on Saturday, January 5 deputies received information that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at Jason McCullough’s home at 132 Buggy Road.
Deputies detected a strong chemical odor emanating from inside the Buggy Road home that they recognized from training that they had received as an indication that a methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at the residence, the report stated.
Deputies removed Brazell, Duncan, Koon, Langford, Jared McCullough and Jason McCullough from the home and later arrested the three women and three men.
Officers requested assistance from NET officers in further investigating the clandestine methamphetamine laboratory and obtained a search warrant for the Buggy Road home, deputies say.
After executing the search warrant, officers found a clear, one-liter plastic bottle in a bedroom that actively was being used as a reaction vessel to manufacture methamphetamine, the report stated. Officers safely dismantled the reaction vessel.
Anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Lexington County should call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).