Six arrested in Lexington meth lab raid

jmonk@thestate.comJuly 28, 2013 

— A joint Lexington County law enforcement task force has broken up another illegal meth lab and arrested six people – three men and three women, the county sheriff’s department announced Sunday.

So far this year, the Lexington law officials have broken up some 44 meth kitchens and arrested 66 people, including the latest six. Meth, which can be snorted, sniffed or injected, is an addictive drug whose repeated use can induce serious mental and physical deterioration.

This latest lab was discovered around 10 p.m. Friday night when deputies who went to a home at 1473 Redmond Road smelled a strong chemical odor that they recognized from training as being an indicator for a meth lab, Sheriff Jimmy Metts said in a press release.

On entering the home, deputies found thick haze, trash related to meth production and a video surveillance system, he said.

Facing meth-related charges are: George Edward Brinson, 41, of 1465 Redmond Road, Lexington; Terri Lee Egert, 52, of 172 Buck Corley Road, Lexington; Trudy Rene Escue, 33, of 150 Clermont Lakes Drive, Lexington; Konni Linn Owens, 41, of 223 Mimosa Drive, Gaston; Robert Eric Owens, Jr., 18, of 223 Mimosa Drive, Gaston; and Anthony Carl Rowell, 46, of 940 Glenn Street, West Columbia.

Brinson, Egert, Escue, Konni Owens and Robert Eric Owens, Jr., were being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $30,000 each, Metts said.

Rowell was being held on Sunday at the county Detention Center on bail totaling $60,000.

Brinson lived at the house. Robert Owens is the son of Konni Owens, Metts said.

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.

Redmond Road is located about in a rural area about four miles south of I-20 and four miles west of the town of Gaston.

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