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Five meth labs seized, seven arrested in Lexington County drug ring

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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Lexington County officers have seized five meth labs at homes in the Gaston, Lexington and Pelion and arrested seven people who they say were involved in a drug ring that manufactured and distributed meth in Lexington County.

James R. Metts, the sheriff of Lexington County, said officers arrested Jason Walter Ellison, 29, of Lexington; Terry Joshua Gantt, 28, of Lexington; Robin Farris Krantz, 24, of Lexington; Rhonda Kay Price, 38, of Lexington; Mindy Angela Proctor, 22, of Pelion; Jake Rupert, 23, of Lexington and Jason Patrick Russell, 21, of Lexington.

The arrests and seizures stemmed from more arrests and seizures of meth labs that began on June 25th, Metts said. Two of the people whom NET officers arrested on August 30th and August 31st are related to people whom officers had arrested earlier in the summer.

The seven men and women were involved in a drug ring that manufactured and distributed meth in Lexington County, authorities said.

At about 10am on August 30th, officers raided a home on Bushberry Road near Pelion and arrested Proctor and Rupert, Metts said. Officers found ingredients that are needed to manufacture meth, including ten pounds of ephedrine powder. It was the largest amount of ephedrine ever seized in Lexington County. The materials would have produced as much as eight pounds of meth, which would have a street value of about $400,000.

Many of the materials were found buried in the home's backyard.

Later that day, officers raided a home on Betty Boulevard near Lexington and arrested Krantz, who possessed meth and items used to manufacture it, Metts said. Officers found an ammonia tank buried in the home's backyard.

Later on August 30, officers found an active meth laboratory at a home on South Lake Drive near Lexington, Metts said. No one was home so officers set up surveillance outside the home while trained lab technicians dismantled the lab found at the home.

Officers saw Ellison and Russell riding in a vehicle near the South Lake Drive home and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near the intersection of Platt Springs Road and SC 6, Metts said. After conducting the traffic stop on the vehicle, officers found meth and items used to manufacture it in the vehicle and arrested Ellison and Russell.

Later on August 30th, officers raided Ellison's home on Community Drive near Lexington and found items that are used to manufacture meth, Metts said.

At about 9:45am on August 31, officers raided a home on Woodcrest Drive near Gaston and arrested Gantt and Price, Metts said. Officers found meth and items used to manufacture meth at the home.

Ellison was being held on Wednesday at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $250,000 on charges of manufacturing meth, possessing meth with the intent to distribute it and unlawfully disposing of waste from a meth lab, Metts said.

Gantt was being held on Wednesday at the detention center on a $15,000 bond for possessing meth.

Krantz was being held on Wednesday at the detention center on bail totaling $200,000 on charges of manufacturing meth, possessing meth and unlawfully disposing of waste from a meth lab, Metts said.

Price was released from the detention center on Tuesday, Sept. 4 after posting a $20,000 bond for possessing meth.

Proctor was being held on Wednesday at the detention center on bail totaling $270,000 on charges of manufacturing meth, possessing more than 400 grams of ephedrine, unlawfully disposing of waste from a meth lab and possessing marijuana, Metts said.

Rupert was being held Wednesday at the detention center on bail totaling $255,000 on charges of manufacturing meth, possessing more than 400 grams of ephedrine, unlawfully disposing of waste from a meth lab and possessing marijuana.

Russell was being held on Wednesday at the detention center on bail totaling $225,000 on charges of manufacturing meth, possessing meth with the intent to distribute it and unlawfully disposing of waste from a meth laboratory, Metts said.

Metts said the case remains under investigation. The sheriff said officers might file additional charges against additional persons connected with the drug ring.

Posted by Bryce Mursch

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