Three Lugoff residents have been arrested after a methamphetamine lab was discovered in Lugoff.
Edward W. Conant, 42, Joseph H. Johnson, 35, and Jammie L. Frazier, 34, are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Johnson and Conant are both charged with possession of methamphetamine. And Johnson is being charged with simple possession of marijuana, second offense. Deputies also seized two pistols during the raid.
Conant was arrested in May 2013 and February of this year after a meth lab was discovered at his Cricket Hill Drive address, according to a press release from the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office. Since those arrests, investigators had received additional complaints about methamphetamine again being manufactured there.
On Thursday, narcotics investigators executed a search warrant and found the lab actually in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine. It is the seventh lab operation discovered this year. There were three found all of 2013.
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“Our narcotics investigators are trying to stay on top of this meth problem before it gets even more out of hand,” Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a news release. “We will continue to focus on this problem as information by the public and through independent investigation is obtained. Some counties in South Carolina have a serious meth problem. We are determined to keep that from happening in Kershaw County.”
Conant has previous arrests for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, traffic offenses, shoplifting and criminal sexual conduct. Johnson has been arrested for possession of marijuana, weapons violations and traffic offenses. Frazier has previous arrests for criminal domestic violence, shoplifting, grand larceny and burglary. Frazier is currently on probation. Conant was out on bond for two prior methamphetamine manufacturing offenses and criminal sexual conduct.
All three are currently being detained at the Kershaw County Detention Center awaiting bond hearings.