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Sheriff James R. Metts
Ed.D,CHS-III,CJM,L.L.D.








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Officers Seize Two Methamphetamine Laboratories


In two separate investigations, officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) on Wednesday, October 2 seized one methamphetamine laboratory at a home on Old Field Road near Leesville and seized a second methamphetamine laboratory at a home on Senterfeit Road near Batesburg. Officers arrested a total of four men and four women in connection with the operation of the two methamphetamine laboratories.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said NET officers arrested Joey Dean Cockrell, 35, of 312 Senterfeit Road, Batesburg; Clayton Ryan Conyers, 25, of 508 Etheridge Street, Batesburg; Dennis Alan Hall, 47, of 528 Etheridge Street, Batesburg; Jeremy Neal Hall, 34, of 420 Old Field Road, Leesville; Tippany Lynne Hall, 36, of 420 Old Field Road, Leesville; Rebekah Dee Heslewood, 24, of 120 Rodeo Lane, Saluda; Shannon Lynn Jones, 32, of 1007 Hunt Road, Unit 2, Lexington; and Michelle Marie Webb, 25, of 705 Goldie Road, Unit P-3, Leesville.

Cockrell, Conyers, Dennis Hall, Jeremy Hall, Tippany Hall, Heslewood, Jones and Webb each were being held on Thursday, October 3 at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings, Metts said.

Officers arrested Cockrell and Jones on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine in connection with the methamphetamine laboratory that was found at Cockrell’s home, Metts said.

At about 7:44 p.m. on Wednesday, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies went to Cockrell’s home in order to investigate information that a methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at the residence, Metts said.

Deputies detected a strong chemical odor emanating from Cockrell’s home that they recognized from training that they had received as an indication that a methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at the residence, Metts said. Deputies requested assistance from NET officers to further investigate the methamphetamine laboratory.

After they executed a search warrant at Cockrell’s home, NET officers found one small plastic bag in the kitchen sink that contained a white substance as well as one straw and one razor blade, Metts said. Officers also found one tin container on a table in the kitchen that contained a white substance. Officers found one straw and one metal pipe on top of the tin container. In addition, officers found one two-liter bottle under a chair at the table in the kitchen that was used to manufacture methamphetamine.

NET officers arrested Conyers, Dennis Hall, Jeremy Hall, Tippany Hall, Heslewood and Webb on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, illegally altering pseudoephedrine and unlawfully exposing a child to a methamphetamine laboratory in connection with the methamphetamine laboratory that officers found at the home at 420 Old Field Road, Metts said. Two children, ages 11 and 9, were at the home when officers found the methamphetamine laboratory. The South Carolina Department of Social Services took custody of the two children.

At about 7:56 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies went to the Old Field Road home in order to investigate information that a methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at the residence, Metts said. Jeremy Hall lived at the home with his wife, Tippany Hall. Conyers, Dennis Hall, Heslewood and Webb also were at the residence.

Deputies detected a strong chemical odor inside the Old Field Road home that they recognized from training that they had received as an indication that a methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at the residence, Metts said. Deputies requested assistance from NET officers to further investigate the incident.

After they executed a search warrant at the Old Field Road home, NET officers found seven reaction vessels that had been used to manufacture methamphetamine, two small plastic bags that contained methamphetamine, scales and materials, including pseudoephedrine pills that had been crushed, that are used to manufacture methamphetamine, Metts said. Officers found several plastic bottles that had been used as reaction vessels to manufacture methamphetamine in one trash bag that was stored in a dryer at the home.

NET officers dismantled and safely disposed of the reaction vessels that were used to manufacture methamphetamine at the homes on Senterfeit Road and Old Field Road, Metts said.

Metts asked anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Lexington County to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).

NET is comprised of officers from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Batesburg-Leesville Police Department and Lexington Police Department, Metts said. The sheriff and municipal police chiefs implemented NET in 2001 in order to enhance drug enforcement in Lexington County.



 


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