Four arrested in meth lab bust

February 25, 2010 

Four people have been arrested after the bust of a Lexington County methamphetamine lab.

A multi-agency narcotics team arrested the suspects after Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a call about stolen copper and other items from an unoccupied home on Dudley Road near West Columbia. While investigating around 6 p.m. Tuesday, the deputies came across the meth lab, the department said.

Arrested were:

John Steven Lee, 30, of Dudley Road, West Columbia, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime;

Steven Christopher Lee, 23, of Dudley Road, West Columbia, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine;

Hannah Chaney Sharpe, 18, of Block House Road, Swansea, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine; and

Christopher Travis Ussery, 27, of Mack Street, Gaston, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine.

All four suspects were being held Thursday at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail of $150,000, except John Lee, whose bail was set at $175,000, the department said.

The unoccupied house is next to the Lees' home on Dudley Road. The meth lab was in plain sight in the rear of the house, the department said.

The weapons charge against John Lee stemmed from the discovery of a .45-caliber Rock Island Armory handgun under his mattress, the department said. The search also turned up a cigarette pack in his dresser drawer filled with a small amount of white powder that appeared to be methamphetamine.

-- Kelly Davis

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