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Lexington officers bust two meth labs

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James Matthew Bennett James Matthew Bennett
Stephen Jeffrey Kazee Stephen Jeffrey Kazee
Melissa Anne Ruth Reese Melissa Anne Ruth Reese

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) officers have busted two meth labs.

On Wednesday, March 26, they arrested two men after executing search warrants at a home on Old Orangeburg Road in the Lexington community and a home on Buck Corley Road in the Red Bank community.

James Matthew Bennett, 25, of Batesburg-Leesville, and Stephen Jeffrey Kazee, 31, of Lexington, are facing charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine and unlawfully disposing of waste from a meth lab.

Bennett and Kazee both were being held on Thursday, March 27 at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $30,000 each.

At about 10:30am Wednesday, officers searched the Old Orangeburg Road home. They found a methamphetamine laboratory that was being used to manufacture methamphetamine and a small amount of meth.

The laboratory was set up in a hole that had been dug in the ground outside the home, Metts said. Officers found at least three locations in the yard outside the residence with illegally buried waste from the meth lab.

Officers say a federal Drug Enforcement Agency contractor will need to dismantle the meth laboratory because lithium from lithium batteries was not properly stored at the laboratory. Improperly stored lithium can cause a fire or explosion.

Then, at about 4:30pm, officers searched the Buck Corley Road residence. Officers found a small amount of methamphetamine at the home and several locations outside the home where waste from a meth lab was buried.

NET officers are searching for Melissa Anne Ruth Reese, 29, of Red Bank, on arrest warrants on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawfully disposing of waste from a meth lab. Reese is 5'1" and weighs 119 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes.

Metts asked anyone with information about the whereabouts of Reese to call the Lexington County Sheriff's Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-559-TIPS. Citizens also can anonymously provide information online by accessing the crime tip link on the Sheriff's Department web site http://www.lexingtonsheriff.com/.

Posted by Chantelle Janelle

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