Four charged after officers seize Lexington County meth lab

mlucas@thestate.comJune 4, 2014 

— Two men and two women have been arrested on charges of operating a meth lab at a Lexington County residence, officials say.

James Matthew Bennett, 31, of Batesburg-Leesville, Raven Hayley Boatwright, 19, of Lexington, Dana Eugene Farnsworth, II, 32, of Gilbert, and Amelia Garrett Shirley, 18, of Lexington were arrested Tuesday after officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) seized the lab at a home near the town of Gilbert, Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said in a statement released Wednesday.

Deputies with the sheriff’s department went to the home in the 200 block of Westfork Road around 1:40 p.m. to investigate possible illegal drug activity, Metts said. At that point, deputies requested assistance from NET officers.

Officers executing a search warrant found a clear plastic container on a counter in the kitchen containing a small amount of methamphetamine as well as hypodermic needles and pipes that are used to ingest drugs, Metts said. Officers also found components for a methamphetamine laboratory and a 9-mm Glock handgun.

Bennett, Boatwright and Shirley were arrested on charges of manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine, unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine and improperly disposing of waste from a methamphetamine laboratory. Farnsworth was arrested on charges of manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine, unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine, improperly disposing of waste from a methamphetamine laboratory and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, Metts said.

All four suspects were being held Wednesday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings.

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. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site at www.lexingtonsheriff.com.

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