Three arrested in Lexington County after undercover drug investigation

rlowe@thestate.comJune 10, 2014 

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC A two month undercover investigation into illegal drugs in Lexington County lead to arrest of three county residents on Tuesday, Sheriff James Metts said in a news release.

Ralph William Busbee, 53, of 125 Wolverton Mountain Lane, Lexington, and Travis Leon Horton, 27, and Melissa Hyder, 20, of 927 Bluefield Road, Lexington each face a number of drug-related charges including distributing methamphetamine and marijuana, manufacturing methamphetamine, and possessing a weapon during commission of a violence crime.

Drug enforcement officers raided Busbee’s home on Tuesday morning and seized 19 marijuana plants. They discovered evidence of a meth lab, a handgun and a motor vehicle that had been reported stolen, Metts said.

A search of Horton’s home later in the morning turned up “four reaction vessels that actively were being used to manufacture methamphetamine,” marijuana, three firearms (one which had been reported stolen) as well as a motor vehicle that had been reported stolen.

Busbee, Horton and Hyder were being held at the Lexington County Detention Center Tuesday night.

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