Columbia, SC (WLTX) In separate investigations, officers with the Lexington County deputies seized three methamphetamine labs at three separate homes in Lexington county.
Lexington County sheriff James Metts said NET officers arrested Brad Joseph Koon, 44 of Swansea on charge of manufacturing meth in connection with the operation of a meth lab that officers found in an abandoned home adjacent to Koons.
Deputies went to Koon's home early Sunday morning to investigate a verbal dispute involving Koon and his wife. While there, according to deputies, found a black duffel bag in the abandoned home and determined that the bag contained a reaction vessel, which was being used to manufacture meth. Deputies then request help from NET officers to further investigate and safely dispose of the lab.
Currently Koon is being held on a $15,000 bond at the Lexington County Detention center.
In a separate investigation, NET officers arrested Taylor Michele Hatchell, 24 and James Elliot Smith, 31 both of Pelion in connection to a meth lab that was being operated outside the home where they live, according to Metts.
Deputies had gone to the home early Sunday morning in order to help the South Carolina Highway Patrol investigate a motor vehicle collision and deputies and state troopers found one plastic soda bottle in a large plastic box outside the home that was being used as a reaction vessel to manufacture methamphetamine. Deputies and state troopers called in NET to help investigate.
Officers arrested Hatchell on charges of manufacturing meth, possessing meth, unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine and unlawfully disposing of waste from a meth lab. Officers arrested Smith on charges of second-offense manufacturing meth, second-offensive possessing meth, unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine and unlawfully disposing of waste from a meth lab. Both were being held at the Lexington County detention center, Hatchell's bail is $50,000 and Smith's bail was set at $70,000.
Lastly, Sunday afternoon, NET officers arrested Diane Poole Gay, 54 and Ronnie Dale Stevenson, 52 of Leesville in connection with a meth lab that was found outside their home.
Deputies had gone to the home in Leesville to investigate a verbal dispute between Gay and Stevenson when they found several plastic soda bottles in woods outside the home that were being used as reaction vessels to manufacture meth. Deputies then called for NET officers to investigate.
Both Gay and Stevenson were charged with manufacturing meth, possessing meth, unlawfully altering pseudoephedring and unlawfully disposing of waste from a meth lab. Both are being held at the Lexington County Detention center on bail totaling $50,000 each.