Deputies bust meth lab in Ninety Six
Thursday, July 03, 2014 12:00 AM
Deputies arrested a husband and wife Wednesday after discovering a methamphetamine lab in the southern recesses of Greenwood County.
A pair of firefighters try to release gas pressure from a soda bottle containing a “shake and bake” methamphetamine cook Wednesday evening at the scene of a drug bust along Highway 25 South. Greenwood County DEU agents found 14 bottles of the drug during the raid.
(Matt Bruce | Index-Journal)
Lacey Rowe, 28, and Justin Rowe, 29, both of 5620 U.S. Route 25 South, were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and attempt and conspiracy, general provision of the drug laws in connection with the incident, according to investigators.
Agents from the multi-jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit went to the couple’s Ninety Six residence Wednesday afternoon to serve warrants on the drug conspiracy counts, which stemmed from the suspects being placed on the “block list” for exceeding the allowable purchasing limits of Sudafed and other decongestants. Sudafed contains pseudoephedrine, a precursor chemical needed to cook meth, and federal guidelines prohibit the purchase more than nine grams in a 30-day period.
According to DEU Commander Brandon Strickland, when agents arrived, they asked the suspects if there were any narcotics on the premises and the couple admitted to having drugs on the property. Officers searched the residence and found five bottles of “shake-and-bake” meth inside the house and another nine bottles in an outhouse beside the main quarters. Strickland said agents also found a rifle inside the home.
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