Photo Gallery | Lexington Co. meth bust nets 5 arrests in West Columbia
Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) arrested five people and seized a methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated at a West Columbia motel on Friday.
William Jonathan Everett, 42, of Gaston, Franke Lane Medlin, 35, of West Columbia, Jessica Irene Norris, 28, of Columbia, Rebecca Suzanne Parnell, 32, of Lugoff, and Robert Carlton Snyder, 31, of Camden were arrested on charges that they were operaing the meth lab, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said.
All five were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine, possessing pseudoephedrine that was unlawfully converted from a pill form to a powder form and possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute it, Metts said.
Early Friday morning, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies went to the Executive Inn in the 1100 block of Harbor Drive to investigate a possible meth lab operation.
Metts said deputies went to the motel room and detected a strong chemical odor in the room that they recognized from training that they had received as an indication that a methamphetamine laboratory was being operated in the room.
Plastic tubing, drain cleaner and a bottle inside two bags on the floor in the motel room were found inside the motel room along with one can of fuel used for camp stoves next to the bags, Metts said.
NET officers dismantled and safely disposed of the meth lab.
All five are being held at the Lexington County Detention Center awaiting bond hearings.
Anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Lexington County is asked to 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).