A former University of South Carolina teacher and his sister turned themselves in Tuesday morning in connection with a methamphetamine manufacturing operation police found earlier in a Trenholm Road-area neighborhood.
John Allen Hancock IV, 41, has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and improper disposal of methamphetamine waste, according to a Columbia Police Department news release. Hancock is listed on USC’s website as teaching staff for the university’s English Programs for Internationals, under the name “Johnny Hancock.”
USC spokesman Wes Hickman said the suspect was employed at one point as a temporary, part-time teacher, but was not working for the university at the time of his arrest.
Katharine Kanna Hancock, 34, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, improper disposal of methamphetamine waste, unlawful possession of a schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax) and simple possession of marijuana.
Both suspects were transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
Earlier this month, Columbia narcotics investigators and State Law Enforcement Division agents executed a search warrant at a residence on Woodside Haven Drive, not far from the intersection of Trenholm Road and North Beltline Boulevard.
Officers found a used, one-pot meth cooking vessel, a hydrogen chloride gas generator, and two large toolboxes containing precursors needed to manufacture meth, according to the release. Investigators also found a small amount of marijuana and several controlled pills.
SLED chemists confiscated several items. And a meth cleanup team also assisted with contamination.