Thursday, April 11, 2013
Two people have been arrested and charged with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine at a lab on Greyback Road in Summerville.
Wayne Curtis Lee, 45, of 283 Greyback Road, and Christa Marie White, 28, of Charleston, were arrested March 5, according to Dorchester County Detention Center Capt. Terry Van Doran.
Detectives from the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office Summerville Metro Narcotics Unit received information regarding the meth lab, according to an incident report. On March 5 detectives knocked on Lee's door and informed him they received information of possible drug activity at the residence, according to an incident report. One detective told Lee he is familiar with Lee's past meth involvement, according to the report.
Lee denied any meth activity but told officers if there is anything in the residence it would be marijuana. Detectives asked Lee if there was marijuana in the residence. He said yes and brought officers a prescription bottle containing a green, leafy material, according to the report.
Lee gave detectives consent to search the property. Detectives found significant evidence of a meth lab, according to the report.
Several camping fuel containers were near the driveway in a barrel. Inside a hollowed out tree stump detectives found a black bag that contained a zip-close bag containing several coffee filters that appeared burnt and had a white powdery residue, according to the report.
A cooler near the stump contained an empty one pound bottle of lye. There was a well defined foot path leading from the back of the driveway to shrubbery and trees where detectives found a bag sticking out from under a large pile of pine needles, according to the report.
Detectives also found a soda bottle with a tube coming from the top pinched off by vice grips – an item recognized by one of the investigators as a hydrogen chloride generator which was possibly still reacting and producing hydrogen chloride gas.
Other bottles were found containing ammonium nitrate pellets and pieces of burnt lithium and sodium hydroxide, according to the report.
Investigators determined these items were recently placed outdoors. Detectives found further evidence of a meth lab indoors such as burnt aluminum foil known as a “boat,” cut straws and pipes and three substances that field tested presumptive for ephedrine, according to the report.
A brown powdery substance field tested presumptive for methamphetamine, according to the report. There was also a piece of airline tubing, a digital scale and a glass jar that appeared to contain rock salt.
Officers spoke with the three subjects present. White and Lee both said the took methamphetamine earlier.
Lee admitted to having been up for days but denied any manufacturing had taken place, according to the report. He later said White was the one manufacturing, not him. He said all the items found belonged to White.
He was drifting in and out of consciousness while speaking with detectives and waiting for them to complete their search, according to the report.
In a bedroom another bottle with a green leafy substance, white powdery substances and soda bottles containing unknown pink substances were located.
White said Lee allows people she only knows by aliases to come over to “cook” or manufacture meth and she wanted to learn how, according to the report. She also told officers she had meth in her car and allowed officers to search the vehicle and recover the illegal drugs.
DCSO Capt. James Nettles said he believes the investigation is still active. Nettles said meth lab investigations sometimes to lead to more busts but sometimes fizzle out.
Lee was still incarcerated as of Wednesday afternoon and White was released March 7 when somebody posted her $50,000 cash surety bond, according to Van Doran.
A chemical recovery company was called to scene to transport and dispose of the hazardous materials, according to the report.