Shoplifting charge leads to drug arrests
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 8:44 AM
Two people were arrested when a shoplifting bust led narcotics officers to a meth lab Monday morning.
Amber Hudgens, 23, of 1915 S.C. Highway 72/221, was charged with shoplifting, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of ephedrine in an altered state and improper disposal of methamphetamine waste in connection with the incident. Cody Garren, 20, of 146 Pumpkin Road, Hodges, faces charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of ephedrine in an altered state and two counts of possession stemming from the arrest.
Agents from the Greenwood County Drug Enforcement Unit were helping deputies arrest the female suspect in reference to a shoplifting at Walmart. According to a Greenwood County incident report:
As she was being arrested, the woman told the agents she knew about a meth lab at her residence. The woman escorted officers to her home, advised them where to find the drug making materials and gave them consent to search the residence.
Inside officers found the male suspect and several items commonly used to make meth. Some substances found tested positive for meth and ephedrine, and officers also found a small amount of a substance suspected to be marijuana in the male suspect's pockets.