Lexington Sheriff Busts Meth Lab

Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) on Thursday, October 7 seized a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated in a shed outside a home on Fish Hatchery Road near Gaston.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said officers arrested four men and two women in connection with the operation of the methamphetamine laboratory outside the home at 4147 Fish Hatchery Road. The officers also placed two children, ages 1 and 4, in emergency protective custody when the children were found at the Fish Hatchery Road home. The South Carolina Department of Social Services later took custody of the two young children.

At about 2 a.m. on Thursday, officers arrested James Winston Davis, Jr., 45, of 1112-B Meadowfield Road, Gaston; Joshua Lamont Engelhardt, 19, of 4147 Fish Hatchery Road, Gaston; Matthew Sean Engelhardt, 17, of 4153 Fish Hatchery Road, Gaston; Kayla Nicole Gladden, 23, of 4147 Fish Hatchery Road, Gaston; Darlene Lula-Ann Lamb, 17, of 1742 Woodtrail Drive, Gaston; and Wiley Eugene Sisk, III, 21, of 240 Placid Circle, Batesburg-Leesville, Metts said. Davis, Joshua Engelhardt, Matthew Engelhardt, Gladden, Lamb and Sisk were being held on Thursday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings.

Officers served Davis with an arrest warrant on a charge of third-offense manufacturing methamphetamine, Metts said. Joshua Engelhardt and Matthew Engelhardt each were served with an arrest warrant on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Officers served Gladden with arrest warrants on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child, Metts said. Lamb was served with an arrest warrant on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine. Sisk also was served with an arrest warrant on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine.

At about 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived outside the home at 4147 Fish Hatchery Road in order to investigate a tip that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was being operated outside the residence, Metts said. Deputies saw several people entering and exiting a shed outside the home. Deputies also smelled a strong chemical odor at the rear of the residence that the officers had been trained to recognize as an indicator that a methamphetamine laboratory was being operated in the area.

Deputies arrested Davis, Joshua Engelhardt, Matthew Engelhardt, Gladden, Lamb and Sisk at the home, Metts said. Deputies then contacted NET officers in order to request assistance in further investigating the incident.

NET officers executed a search warrant and found that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was being operated in the shed outside the home, Metts said. NET officers dismantled the methamphetamine laboratory and disposed of the materials used to operate the laboratory.

On Wednesday, NET officers also seized a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated in a shed at the rear of a home at 601 Foremost Drive near Lexington, Metts said. Officers arrested Boyce Oliver Hudson, 31, of 601 Foremost Drive, Lexington, and James Bryan Teague, 41, of 152 Beechwoods Drive, Lexington, on charges that they operated the methamphetamine laboratory in the shed outside Hudson’s home. Hudson and Teague each were served with an arrest warrant on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Deputies arrived at Hudson’s home at 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday in order to investigate a tip that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was being operated outside the Foremost Drive home, Metts said.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Robbie Road on a blue GMC truck that they saw departing the Foremost Drive home, Metts said. Deputies found that Teague was driving the truck, while Hudson was a passenger in the truck. Deputies later arrested Hudson and Teague.

Deputies smelled a strong chemical odor outside the Foremost Drive home that they had been trained to recognize as an indicator that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was being operated in the area, Metts said.

Deputies contacted NET officers in order to request assistance in further investigating the incident, Metts said. NET officers determined that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at the shed at the rear of the Foremost Drive home. Officers dismantled the methamphetamine laboratory and disposed of the materials used to operate the laboratory.

Citizens who want to anonymously report illegal drug activity can call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or call the NET Hotline at (803) 785-8411, Metts said.

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3 Responses to “Lexington Sheriff Busts Meth Lab”

  1. These are complete idiots. How in the world can people swear that they don’t do drugs be arrested for having a meth lab at their residence esspecially with children present.

  2. why to go this drug is really bad,
    my stepson just got out of prison.
    He told me that it take our sole.
    So many thanks please keep up the good work it needs to stay off the streets.
    taking to much youth away from us all.
    Great Job Again LC KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!

  3. Matthew Engelhardt Reply 03. Nov, 2011 at 3:17 am

    who is a complete idiot?? you need to find out all the facts before you start pointing your finger and callin people idiots.