Roommate discoveres meth lab

  • Friday, November 29, 2013

Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an Orangeburg Road address in reference to a resident finding drug paraphernalia in his roommate’s room.

The 57-year-old complainant told police that his 25-year-old roommate had left for several days and was not answering his phone. The complainant told deputies that his lease was up over the weekend and he had to have the townhouse cleaned in order to get his security deposit back. He said because he could not reach his roommate, he had gone into his roommate’s room to clean it and discovered two bongs. Consequently, he called law enforcement.

When he gave the deputies the bongs he told them that the room had a chemical odor. Fearing for public safety because chemical odors are associated with potentially volatile meth labs, the deputies asked to see the room. Walking into the empty room, the deputies smelled an intense chemical odor and developed headaches.

When asked if the complainant had seen any of the ingredients for the manufacture of methamphetamine, he said “no” but that the roommate would lock himself in the room for days at a time.

He showed deputies the clear trash bag in which he had put what he found left in the roommate’s room and the deputies observed a bottle containing a dark-colored liquid with a white milky substance at the bottom which, because of his training, the deputy recognized as waste from the manufacture of meth.

Without moving the bag, the deputy observed five other bottles containing similar substances as well as some containing a clear liquid with a large white substance made into a ball and recognized those as inactive meth labs. There was multiple other paraphernalia including tubing, cell phones missing their lithium batteries and push rods.

For public safety, the deputies called Dorchester County Metro Narcotics Unit to come and dispose of the chemicals.

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