Crime & Courts

2 arrested in meth lab bust

Two people have been arrested after Lexington County authorities say they located a methamphetamine lab being operated out of a home in Swansea.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said officers arrested Brian Ray King, 28, of Vonda Drive, Lexington, and Melissa Ann Young, 41, of Cedar Creek Road, Swansea. Both are being held at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings.

Officers arrested King on charges of possessing methamphetamine and driving with a suspended driver’s license, Metts said. Officers arrested Young on charges of trafficking in more than 400 grams of methamphetamine, trafficking in pseudoephedrine, unlawfully disposing of waste from a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory and unlawfully possessing a firearm.

Metts said officers received information Tuesday that Young was operating a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory at her home. At about 11:30 p.m., officers saw King leave Young’s home and conducted a traffic stop. Officers reported finding methamphetamine on King’s person and later arrested him. At about 2:30 a.m. today, officers executed a search warrant at Young’s home where they say meth lab was being operated, Metts said. Officers arrested Young and seized $1,800.

Officers said they found a chemical mixture at the home that was in the process of being manufactured into nearly one pound of methamphetamine, Metts said. Officers also determined waste from the laboratory was being dumbed in a nearby wooded area.

-- From Staff Reports