BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, SC Raids on two homes Wednesday by Lexington County authorities have resulted in charges against 8 residents of Batesburg-Leesville in connection with operation of methamphetamine labs. Two children, aged 11 and 9, were placed in protective custody, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said in a press release.
The first raid was conducted Wednesday night on the home owned by Joey Dean Cockrell,35, at 312 Senterfeit Road, Batesburg-Leesville. Deputies reported smelling a strong odor associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine at the address. Equipment used in making meth was seized, Metts said.
In a separate raid not associated with the first, deputies entered a home at 420 Old Field Road in Batesburg-Leesville. They found 7 reaction vessels, plastic bags, scales, pseudoephedrine pills and other materials used to make meth. Two children were in the home at the time of the raid, Metts said.
Charged with manufacturing methamphetamine from the raid on Senterfield Road address were Joey Dean Cockrell, 35, of 312 Senterfeit Road, Batesburg-Leesville and Shannon Lynn Jones, 32, of Lexington.
Charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, illegally altering pseudoephedrine and unlawfully exposing a child to a methamphetamine laboratory at the Old Field Road address were husband and wife, Jeremy Neal Hall, 34, and Tippany Lynne Hall, 36, of 420 Old Field Road of Batesburg-Leesville; Clayton Ryan Conyers, 25, and Dennis Alan Hall, 47, of Batesbuerg-Leesville; Rebekah Dee Heslewood, 24, of Saluda; and Michelle Marie Webb, 25, of Batesberg-Leesville.
All suspects were being held at the Lexington County Detention Center Thursday night.
-- Rachael Myers Lowe