2nd meth lab at West Columbia motel leads to arrests

cwinston@thestate.comSeptember 6, 2013 

— The discovery of a second methamphetamine lab in four days at a West Columbia motel led to the arrest of three men and two women.

Lexington County law enforcement officers seized the lab, which was being operated at a room at the Executive Inn at 1107 Harbor Drive, shortly before 3 a.m. Friday. After receiving information about a possible lab at the motel, sheriff’s deputies went to the room and detected a strong chemical order that led to the bust.

The five arrested were: William Jonathan Everett, 42, of 227 Heather Ridge Drive, Gaston; Franke Lane Medlin, 35, of 1484 F Avenue, West Columbia; Jessica Irene Norris, 28, of 227 Jefferson Place, Columbia; Rebecca Suzanne Parnell, 32, of 135 Ward Road, Lugoff; and Robert Carlton Snyder, 31, of 1479 Highway 1 North, Camden.

Each of the five were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine, possessing pseudoephedrine unlawfully converted to powder and possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Another meth lab was discovered at the same hotel on Tuesday morning, and two people were charged in that incident.

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