Responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle, deputies arrested a 51-year-old Columbia man outside a Lake Murray Boulevard storage business early Friday for operating a mobile meth lab.
Daniel Christopher Parrish of Willow Winds Drive, off St. Andrews Road near Interstate 26, is charged with manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine, the Lexington County Sheriffs Department said Friday in a news release.
Lexington County deputies arrived at the storage business near Irmo around 1:30 a.m. Friday. Deputies used their patrol cars to block Parrish from leaving the scene after he allegedly ran to his 1995 blue Dodge Ram pickup truck, jumped in and put it in reverse.
Deputies who searched the truck cab said they found a plastic bag containing methamphetamine. A Narcotics Enforcement Team was called in when deputies smelled an odor similar to that produced by a meth lab emanating from a tool box in the bed of the truck. According to the sheriffs department, NET investigators found what they described as a mobile clandestine meth lab in the box.
Authorities consider any object used in making the highly addictive drug a methamphetamine laboratory, Lexington County Sheriff spokesman John Allard said.
In this case, the meth lab was not elaborate, but it nonetheless was dangerous, Allard said.
There was no indication that Parrishs rented storage unit was being used or being prepared for use in the manufacture of meth, Allard said.
Fridays arrest is the third meth lab bust in two days in Lexington County. Thursday, six people in two different cases were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and other charges.