4 Aiken County meth labs discovered; 8 arrested

AIKEN --- Finding four meth labs in six days was pure coincidence, said Aiken County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Dave Myers.


"In narcotics there's no rhyme or reason and it was all very coincidental that it all came together," he said.

The string of busts, leading to eight arrests, began May 18 when investigators discovered a meth lab in a wooded area off Pine Log Road in Warrenville.

The next day officers discovered another lab at the Rainbow Motel in Clearwater, where stolen goods from recent burglaries in Aiken and Richmond counties were also found.

On May 20, officers were led to their third bust in three days at 100 Turnball St. in Gloverville. The last discovery came on Sunday when a vehicle pursuit with the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Aiken County Sheriff's Office led deputies to the Ashley Motel in Clearwater. Additional tips led officers to the room where a meth lab was located.

"We're really just appreciative of the complaints because we need more eyes in this county and, in this case, it led to this series of arrests," Myers said.

More than 40 charges were filed in the eight arrests.

Facing charges are: Christopher Sims, 31, of Front Street in Bath; Oliver Harden, 44; Justin Harden, 20; and Mary Louise Harden, all of the 200 block of Chesnut Drive in Clearwater; Shane Calvin Tyler Rhodes, 19, of the 500 block of Willow Lane in North Augusta; Charles Marion Beard, 40, of the 100 block of Turnball Street in Gloverville; Raven Renee Hartman, 25, of the 500 block of Lucy Avenue in North Augusta; Donnie Stewart McPherson, 37, of the 600 block of Seymour Drive in North Augusta; and Dealva Nicole Sheppard, 31, of the 200 block of Deans Drive in Beech Island.

All were being held at the Aiken County Detention Center late Wednesday.



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