The South Congaree Police Department arrested seven people early Saturday morning on meth charges, after a neighbor called to complain about a noisy house party.
According to a police incident report, officers responded to a noise complaint coming from a garage around 5 a.m. in the 1000 block of Main Street in West Columbia. There they discovered Guy Douglas Chaney, 47, and Clyde William Ostranger Jr., 36, in a garage, which had been converted into an apartment where Chaney had been living, the report said.
Officers saw a van parked in proximity to the garage that appeared to have several components of a mobile meth lab, the incident report said.
Officers detained Chaney and Ostranger because of what they alleged was suspicious behavior when asking the pair questions, then officers inspected the make-shift apartment where they found Timothy Allen Reason, 32, Amanda Jean Hanners, 33, Rosa Louise Jackson, 35, Brian Allen Kemmerlin, 36, and Freddie Lee Chaney, 63, hiding, the incident report said. The officers called the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department to assist in detaining the other five suspects.
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After obtaining a search warrant, officers were able to confirm an operating meth lab inside the van, the incident report said. When searching the area where the suspects were hiding, officers found small amounts of meth, marijuana, an AR-15 lower receiver and drug paraphernalia, the report said.
The seven suspects, facing charges including manufacturing methamphetamine, were transported to the Lexington County Detention Center.