Crime & Courts

Deputies find another meth lab near Gaston

Lexington County law officers announced Wednesday the discovery of yet another home methamphetamine lab in the county’s Gaston area.

The meth lab was discovered Tuesday in a shed at a home on Towe Road near Gaston.

Deputies from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department found the lab after responding to a call about a domestic dispute at 148 Towe Road, where the lab was uncovered.

Deputies arrested Steven Mitchell Miller, 44, who lives at the house, on a charge of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, as well as charges of manufacturing meth. He also faces charges of unlawfully disposing of waste from a clandestine meth lab.

He is being held at the county detention center on $100,000 bail.

In recent years, state and federal officers have found dozens of secret meth labs in the rural Gaston-Swansea area. So many meth labs have been found there it is known as “the meth triangle.”

Meth is a highly addictive drug that can drive users into states of paranoia and violence. With the right recipes, it can be made in at home. But making meth also produces numerous poisonous by-products, including toxic liquids, gas and solid material.

John Monk