WEST COLUMBIA (WLTX) A methamphetamine lab operating in West Columbia was seized by Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET).

Officers arrested two men and one woman on charges that they operated the methamphetamine laboratory that officers found at the residence.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said NET officers arrested Jerald David Chase, 40, West Columbia; Jimmy Leon Marsh, III, 27, of Lexington; and Betty Alice Nix, 32, West Columbia.

Chase, Marsh and Nix each were arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, and were being held on Wednesday, March 6 at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings, Metts said.

NET officers received information on Tuesday afternoon that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory actively was being operated at Nix's residence on Norman Drive, Metts said.

Officers went to Nix's residence at about 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday and detected a strong chemical odor emanating from the residence that they recognized as an indication that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at the residence.

Officers searched Nix's residence and found one glass Mason jar in a bedroom that contained a white residue and liquid that had a cloudy appearance, Metts said. Officers also found one reaction vessel that is used to manufacture methamphetamine on the floor in front of a bathroom door.

Metts asked anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Lexington are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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