Crime & Courts

Columbia police bust suspected meth cook thanks to tip

Johnny Dale Callihan
Johnny Dale Callihan

A tip received through Crimestoppers led police to bust a suspected methamphetamine cook early Tuesday morning.

Officers with the Columbia Police Department responded at about 2 a.m. to a shed-like area that was converted in to an apartment at 2711 Dubard Street, according to a news release. The first officer to respond reported a strong chemical smell, and had brief difficulty breathing, police said.

During a search, police found material consistent with manufacturing meth and a small amount of marijuana, police said. Johnny Dale Callihan, 40, has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and simple possession of marijuana. Officers also served two bench warrants for resisting arrest and public disorderly conduct.

Firefighters with the Columbia Fire Department responded to the area, which is in a neighborhood near Convenant Road, and determined that the air quality was hazardous. There were no reports of physical injuries.

Officers also seized two mopeds that were reported stolen from Columbia and Irmo, police said. That portion of the case remains under investigation.