Officers Seize Meth Lab and 3 Children

11:08 PM, Jan 19, 2010   |    comments
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Lexington County, SC (WLTX) -- Lexington County officers arrested three people accused of making methamphetamine, and put three children into DSS custody. Sheriff James R. Metts said officers arrested Wade William Brentlinger, 29, of Pelion; Garry Paul Creech, 52, of Swansea; and Melissa Denise Derrick, 32, of Lexington.

Officers arrested Brentlinger Monday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawfully disposing of waste from a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Officers arrested Creech and Derrick on Monday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawfully disposing of waste from a methamphetamine laboratory.

Officers received information on Monday afternoon that a meth lab was being operated in a shed outside Derrick's home on S.C. 6 near Lexington, Metts said. Officers obtained written consent to search Derrick's property and found Creech inside a shed that contained equipment and chemicals used to make meth.

Officers took emergency protective custody of three children, ages 2, 11, and 12, at Derrick's home because the children had been exposed to methamphetamine and hazardous chemicals. The three children received treatment at Lexington Medical Center for exposure to methamphetamine, Metts said. The South Carolina Department of Social Services took custody of the children after they were released from the hospital.

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