Originally created 07/08/06

Drug task force finds meth lab in Edgefield



A federal, state and local drug task force stumbled onto a methamphetamine lab Friday in an Edgefield County mobile home park, which led to the arrest of a man and a woman, Edgefield County sheriff's officers said.

Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey refused to name the couple, who live on New Briggs Haven Circle, because he said they might be used as informants.

They are charged with manufacturing methamphetamines and are being held at the Edgefield County jail, sheriff's Capt. Chris Wash said.

However, there was no listing of anyone with that charge on the jail log at the Edgefield County jail as of 11:30 p.m. Friday.

The lab was discovered Friday afternoon while agents with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and U.S. Marshal's Service were searching for a fugitive, Capt. Wash said.

The fugitive was not one of the two people arrested during the seizure of the meth lab, he said.

Two children living with the couple were taken into emergency custody by the South Carolina Department of Social Services, Capt. Wash said.

Neighbors were evacuated while employees with a company under contract with the Drug Enforcement Administration began evaluating and disassembling the lab.

Terry Shores, 57, who lives three doors down from the lab, said there wasn't anything suspicious about his neighbors' activities. He said children would often play in the front yard.

Mr. Shores also said there weren't suspicious people coming and going from the house.

"I come home at all times at night or early in the morning," he said. "There's only just that white car."

The lab is the second discovered in the neighborhood. Last year, Capt. Wash said an inactive methamphetamine lab was discovered across the street at 86 Briggs Haven Circle.

Reach Justin Boron at (706) 823-3215 or justin.boron@augustachronicle.com.