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Major John Allard, PIO Office, 785-2415, 24-Hour Press Box: 799-2001, Ext. 1100

Officers Seize Methamphetamine Laboratory


Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) on Wednesday, March 12 seized a methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated at a home on Seleta Circle near Lexington. Officers arrested five men and one woman on charges that they operated the methamphetamine laboratory that officers found at the home.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said NET officers arrested Joe Cecil Clark, 19, of 407 Windmill Road, Gilbert; Charles Walter Huggins, IV, 24, of 2172 Lewie Road, Leesville; Lakisha Rachelle Shealy, 18, of 319 Pipeline Road, Aiken; Carl William Smith, 45, of 275 Seleta Circle, Lexington; Terry Wayne Smith, Sr., 59, of 275 Seleta Circle, Lexington; and Terry Wayne Smith, Jr., 34, of 275 Seleta Circle, Lexington.

Officers arrested Clark and Shealy on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine and simple possession of marijuana, Metts said. Officers arrested Carl Smith, Terry Wayne Smith, Sr., and Terry Wayne Smith, Jr., on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and improperly disposing of waste from a methamphetamine laboratory. Officers arrested Huggins on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Clark was being held on Thursday, March 13 at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $10,620, Metts said. Shealy was being held on Thursday at the county Detention Center on bail totaling $3,620.

Huggins was being held on Thursday at the county Detention Center on a $5,000 bond, Metts said. Carl Smith, Terry Wayne Smith, Sr., and Terry Wayne Smith, Jr., each were being held on Thursday at the county Detention Center on bail totaling $10,000 for each man.

At about 4:22 p.m. on Wednesday, NET officers went to a home at 275 Seleta Circle in order to investigate a tip that methamphetamine actively was being manufactured at the residence, Metts said. Carl Smith, Terry Wayne Smith, Sr., and Terry Wayne Smith, Jr., live at the home. Officers found one reaction vessel at the residence that actively was being used to manufacture methamphetamine.

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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