Lexington man caught cooking methamphetamine in his garage

nophillips@thestate.comDecember 27, 2012 

COURTESY OF LEXINGTON COUNTY DETENTION CENTER

— A Lexington man has been arrested after narcotics officers caught him cooking methamphetamine in his two-car garage.

William David Langley, 42, of the 100 block of Lantern Hill Circle was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possessing 28 grams or less of marijuana, according to a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department report. He was being held Thursday at the Lexington County Detention Center on a $25,620 bond.

Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies smelled a strong chemical odor outside the home when they were called to the Lantern Hill Circle home at 3:43 a.m. Sunday, the sheriff’s department reported. The officers called the county’s Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team for backup.

The officers found Langley in the garage with a reaction vessel that contained a mixture of chemicals inside, the sheriff’s department said. He also allegedly had a Hi-Point .45-caliber pistol and marijuana in two plastic bags.

The reaction vessel was dismantled, and Langley was arrested without incident, the sheriff’s department reported.

Reach Phillips at (803) 771-8307.

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