Photo Gallery | Sheriff: Trio found asleep in bedroom during meth lab bust
Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) arrested three people and seized a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated at a home on Old Orangeburg Road near Lexington on Wednesday.
NET officers and Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested a 32-year-old William Christopher Brown, 39-year-old William Thomas Morgan and 25-year-old Crystal Marie Rackley on charges that they operated the methamphetamine laboratory.
The report said deputies received information that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at a home at 1621-A Old Orangeburg Road, Sheriff James Metts said.
When deputies arrived at the home, they detected a strong chemical odor emanating from the home.
Officers found trash and waste scattered around the home that appeared to be connected to a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory, Metts said.
According to the report, deputies encountered a hazy atmosphere inside the residence and detected an even stronger chemical odor.
Deputies located Brown, Morgan and Rackley asleep in a bedroom.
Deputies searched a backpack in the bedroom at the home and found one reaction vessel that actively was being used to manufacture methamphetamine, Metts said. Two additional reaction vessels that actively were being used to manufacture methamphetamine were also found at the home.
Brown, Morgan and Rackley were being held on Wednesday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings.