Three men were charged after the discovery of an alleged methamphetamine lab in a Gaston home, Lexington County law enforcement officers announced Friday.
Phillip Earl Helms, 44, of Blackville Court, Gaston; Brad Preston Hooks, 30, of East Peach Road, Winnsboro; and Robert Anthony Wright, 47, of Lawson Street, Batesburg-Leesville were arrested, shortly after officials were called to a residence on Blackville Court near Gaston after reports of a fire early Friday morning , the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said.
Once inside the home and after putting out a fire in a back room, officials found evidence consistent with meth lab production, according to reports.
Helms is charged with third-offense manufacturing methamphetamine and third-offense possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute it. Hooks and Wright are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, according to reports.
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All three are being held Friday at the Lexington County Detention Center awaiting bond hearings, officials said.
From Staff Reports