Officers find meth lab in vacant Lake Murray home

cwinston@thestate.comSeptember 10, 2013 

— Lexington County drug investigators arrested four people on Monday and charged them with breaking into an empty Lake Murray home and operating a meth lab.

The owners of the home, on Ivy Link Road, do not live there full time and was supposed to be unoccupied, according to a press release from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. But when officers with the county’s Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team arrived at the home about 8:30 p.m. Monday, they found four people as well as waste from a methamphetamine lab.

The following three men and one woman were charged with manufacturing methamphetmine and second-degree burglary: Darwin Jason Ciesielski, 43, of 181 Benjamin Drive, Lexington; Kimberly Elaine Kinney, 30, of 4849 Highway 41 South, Marion; Charles Brandon Linton, 23, of 1364 Devils Backbone Road, Leesville; and Cody Edward Shealy, 22, of 255 Rawls Drive, Batesburg-Leesville.

In the release, Sheriff James Metts asked anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Lexington County to call the Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site at

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