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Saluda Co. Deputies Make Major Meth Lab Bust

11:32 PM, Jan 24, 2014   |    comments
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Saluda County (WLTX) -- The biggest meth lab in Saluda County was taken down by the sheriff's office this week. 

"It's becoming a bigger and bigger problem," Sheriff John C. Perry said.

Saluda County Sheriff Perry has only been on the job for a little over a year.

But, the methamphetamine lab his deputies found is one for the books.

"It was one of the biggest in Saluda county," he said.

Perry said about half a pound of meth was found in an abandoned house on the 1400 block of High Point Road.

They arrested Paul Quattlebaum Jr, who's no stranger to deputies.

"We had charged him last year, six months ago with trafficking methamphetamine we already had some tips," Perry said.

According to SLED, 631 meth labs were found in the state last year.

A sharp increase from 2011, when there were 267.    

Perry says multiple organizations are trying to increase jail time for those involved with meth labs.

"We're in the process of trying to work on that with the Sheriff's Association and other agencies and stuff. We're pushing bigger," he said.

This particular meth lab was found in a rural area of Saluda County.

But, sometimes they're right under your nose. 

"It's the burning off of these chemicals and stuff that they used to make this meth and a lot of folks say that it could smell like cat litter, but it depends on the ingredients used in it," he said.

Perry said tips from concerned citizens are the main reason they're able to stop this trend.

"Thanks to the community and the community working together that's how all this came together," he said.

Perry said this case is still under investigation and more arrests could follow.

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