Officers seize meth lab, take custody of five-year-old in Lexington County

akflanagan@thestate.comJanuary 14, 2014 

— The Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested two men and one woman after finding a meth lab at a home in Batesburg-Leesville around 9:50 a.m. Monday.

According to Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts, deputies went to the home at 312 Senterfeit Road after a bench warrant was issued for Joey Dean Cockrell, 35, who failed to appear in court on a charge of manufacturing meth.

Sheriff Metts said deputies saw a clear plastic soda bottle inside the home that was being used as a reaction vessel to manufacture meth.

According to arrest warrants, the Narcotics Enforcement Team found a pit outside the home where waste from a meth lab had been burned as well as one EIG .22-caliber revolver.

Sheriff Metts also said arrest warrants allege officers found Xanax and Hydrocodone at the residence.

In addition to Cockrell, police arrested Paul David Doughten, 41, and Patricia Butler England, 41. All three were taken to the Lexington County Detention Center where they await bond hearings.

The S.C. Department of Social Services also took custody of a five-year-old girl who was at the home and placed her with a relative.

Sheriff Metts asked that anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Lexington County to call their anonymous tip into Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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