Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry
Contact Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers FAQ
Donate to Crime Stoppers
Submit a Tip to Crime Stoppers
Home  |  News  |  Meth lab under investigation by Dorchester County Drug Unit

Meth lab under investigation by Dorchester County Drug Unit

Share |
En Espanol

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County narcotics investigators spent the day collecting evidence at a suspected meth lab near Knightsville. Sheriff's deputies and the Old Fort Fire Department went out just after 5 a.m., following a small fire at an abandoned home on Embassy Drive just off Orangeburg Road.

Deputies say their investigation started with a fire at a vacant home, followed by a tip that a man who sought treatment at the hospital for severe burns may have been making meth.

"The chemicals they found were used in making meth, and from the fire, and the pot that was there they could tell it was used in making meth," Sheriff LC Knight said.

Sheriff Knight says meth labs are a growing concern. Drug agents busted 12 so far this year within the Town of Summerville and in Dorchester County.

"They can cook it out of the trunk of their cars, highly mobile. It's not sitting in a house, where we get information. They're moving around all the time with it, so it's getting harder and harder for us to catch them without some information," Sheriff Knight said.

When investigating a suspected site, narcotics team members get dressed from head to toe in hazmat suits. They say the chemicals when mixed can cause explosions, fire, breathing disorders, and potentially be deadly.

Sheriff Knight says not all meth labs end up with an arrest, but says deputies will charge the burned man, for the meth lab near Knightsville.

"He has been transferred to the burn center in Augusta Georgia, apparently will be in the hospital for a while. Once he gets out of the hospital we plan to put a charge on him for manufacturing of meth," Sheriff Knight said.

The sheriff's office is not releasing the man's name at this time.

There are some things to look for if you suspect someone is cooking meth in a building or home in your area including: an unusual antiseptic type odor, increased traffic to that home, and trash, like bottles used for medicines and chemicals, that's been left behind

If you, or someone you know, have any information regarding any crime, you are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers. You could earn a reward up to $1,000.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 554-1111, toll free at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or online at Texters can send anonymous tips to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with "TIPCSL". Text STOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help. Msg&Data Rates May Apply.


Notice about comments:
Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. Crime Stoppers does not edit user submitted statements and we cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry. If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website.

Comments left on this site are NOT ANONYMOUS.

Crime Stoppers does not take information on crimes here or via standard email because we cannot guarantee your anonymity. Any information sent to us through comments will NOT be acted upon and will be removed. Please call 554-1111 or 1-888-CRIME-SC, or use our online tip form to give information anonymously to Crime Stoppers.

More Lowcountry Alerts

Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Subscribe via RSS Get updates by email. Connect with Crime Stoppers

DO NOT attempt to approach, detain, follow or arrest any individual based on this web site's information. As information becomes dated it may become less accurate. Because some wanted persons are being sought for crimes of violence, or are known to be armed, all wanted persons should be considered dangerous. If you have information regarding the identity or whereabouts of any wanted person immediately contact Crime Stoppers or notify your local law enforcement agency.

Site Design & Maintenance:

© Copyright Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry. All Rights Reserved.