3 arrested on meth charges after Upstate fire

October 30, 2012 

— Three people are facing drug charges after authorities responded to a fire at a Union County mobile home and discovered what they think was a meth lab.

Gene Warren Moore, 43, of 1201 Old Buncombe Road, Union; James Bradley O’Shields, 30, of 121 Magnolia Circle, Union; and Marcie Lynne Loyd, 32, also of the Magnolia Circle address, have been charged with manufacturing meth, according to the Union County jail.

On Friday night, firefighters responded to the Magnolia Circle address and notified deputies of a possible methamphetamine-producing operation. When deputies entered the home, they noticed the area near the sink had sustained substantial burns, and a container of Coleman fuel, as well as a lot of tinfoil, was at the base of the sink, according to an incident report. They also noted several other items commonly used in the production of meth.

According to the report, Loyd told deputies she and O’Shields had recently been asked by Moore to purchase cold medicine and that Moore was using the drugs to make meth. She told officers that she and O’Shields purchased Sudafed at the Walmart in Union earlier this month and gave it to Moore, the report states.

On Friday night, as Loyd and O’Shields were sitting on the couch, Moore knocked on the door, asked to use the sink to wash off, and an explosion and fire ensued in the kitchen, Loyd told deputies. Moore then grabbed his bags and ran from the home, the report states. Both Loyd and O’Shields also admitted to smoking meth, according to the report.

Moore was arrested a short time later on Lovers Lane Road, the report states.

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