Sheriff: 5 Arrested in Meth Lab Bust

Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - Lexington County deputies arrested five people after officers discovered a methamphetamine lab being operated at a home near Lexington.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said officers arrested Eddie Lee Breazeale, 46, ; Christie Ann Lassiter, 36, ; Bradford Scott Price, 33; Casey Elizabeth Richards, 31; and Ricky Melvin Richards, Sr., 53 all of Lexington.

Officers arrested Breazeale and Ricky Richards on charges of third-offense manufacturing methamphetamine, second-offense improperly disposing of waste from a methamphetamine laboratory and second-offense unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine, Metts said. Officers arrested Lassiter, Price and Casey Richards on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, improperly disposing of waste from a methamphetamine laboratory and unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine.

At about 9:32 a.m. on Friday, Lexington County Sheriff's Department deputies went to the Willma Ann Drive home where Breazeale, Casey Richards and Ricky Richards live to investigate a tip that a methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at the home, Metts said.

Deputies say they found a 20-ounce plastic soda bottle inside the Willma Ann Drive home that was being used as a reaction vessel to manufacture methamphetamin.

Deputies also report finding strips of aluminum foil in Breazeale's bedroom that contained residue from an item that was burned on the foil. In addition, deputies found remnants of items used to manufacture methamphetamine that had been burned in a fire outside the home.

Deputies requested assistance from NET officers to further investigate the methamphetamine laboratory Metts said. NET officers arrested Breazeale, Lassiter, Price, Casey Richards and Ricky Richards for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Metts asked anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Lexington County to call the Lexington County Sheriff's Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.


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