Irmo, SC (WLTX) -- The Lexington County Sheriff's Department followed up on a tip late Sunday night, and arrested four men for running a clandestine meth lab.
According to Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts, the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) made the discovery and arrests at about 11:09PM, Sunday, September 1st, at a motel on Burning Tree Drive in Irmo.
The four arrested were: Michael Wayne Anderson, Jr., 31, of Lexington; Charles Daniel Barker, 31, of Fair Play; Paul Scott Kelley, 41, of Greer, and Christopher Carl Ruppe, 45, of Woodruff. All four were being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.
Lexington Deputies went to the motel to follow up on a tip that a clandestine methamphetamine lab was being operated at a room in the motel. Deputies arrived and found one suspect standing beside a trash can outside the room.
Upon entering the motel room, Deputies discovered evidence inside the room, along with a black backpack atop the trash can outside the room, all with evidence indicating a methamphetamine lab was being operated there.
Lexington Deputies, along with NET officers, dismantled and safely disposed of the objects used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Anyone with information about illegal drug activities are asked to call:
CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com.
You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.