Four arrested, two meth labs seized in Lexington County

mlucas@thestate.comApril 6, 2014 

Four people were arrested and two meth labs seized in Lexington County on Friday, officials with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said Sunday afternoon.

Garrett Hutto, 50, of Batesburg-Leesville, Marla Minick Hutto, 49, of Batesburg-Leesville and Wayne Ray McGee, 53, of Lexington, were arrested for operating meth labs at two homes on Pine Drive, Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said in a statement released Sunday. Also arrested was, William Edward Luke, 53, of Lexington.

The homes are located off U.S. 1 in an area between Lexington and West Columbia.

At about 8:27 p.m. on Friday, officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) went to one of the homes on a CrimeStoppers tip to carry out a search warrant. At the home they found a meth lab and arrested Garrett Hutto, Marla Hutto and McGee, Metts said. While at the residence, the officers smelled meth coming from an adjacent home, also on Pine Drive.

The officers went to the second home and found a reaction vessel that had been used to manufacture meth, Metts said. They also found two scales and a small plastic container that contained several grams of marijuana on Luke, who was at the residence. Officers arrested Luke.

Garrett Hutto was charged with a third-offense manufacturing meth, a third-offense possession of meth and unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine and is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $100,000.

Marla Hutto was charged on a third-offense manufacturing meth, second-offense possession of a controlled substance and unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine and is being held at the county detention center on bail totaling $95,000.

McGee was charged with a third-offense manufacturing meth, a third-offense possession of meth and a second-offense unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine and is being held at the county detention center on bail totaling $110,000.

Luke was charged with manufacturing meth, possessing meth, unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine, improperly disposing of waste from a meth lab and simple possession of marijuana and is being held at the county detention center on bail totaling $55,620, Metts said.

The officers dismantled and disposed of the meth labs and equipment.

Anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Lexington County is asked to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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