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Deputies seize meth lab, pipe bombs from Gilbert man's home

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Shannon Alton Crapps (Source: LCSD) Shannon Alton Crapps (Source: LCSD)

GILBERT, SC (WIS) - A Gilbert man is charged with operating a meth laboratory and possessing three pipe bombs at his home on South Fork Road, Lexington County deputies said.

Sheriff James R. Metts said county law enforcement agents arrested Shannon Alton Crapps at about 2:30pm Tuesday after executing a search warrant at Crapps’ home.

Crapps is charged with second-offense manufacturing of methamphetamine, second-offense possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, possessing a destructive device and unlawfully disposing of waste from a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory, Metts said.

Deputies found out about the meth lab on Tuesday, Metts said. A deputy went to Crapps’ home and smelled a strong chemical odor, which Metts said the deputy had been trained to recognize as an indication that a meth lab was being operated at the home.

Other officers arrived at Crapps' home, Metts said, and saw items in plain view that are used to manufacture methamphetamine. After executing a search warrant at Crapps’ home, officers found cans of ether and other chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, Metts said. Officers also found more than one gram of methamphetamine.

In addition, officers found a T-shaped piece of PVC pipe that contained a substance that appeared to be gunpowder, Metts said. A time fuse had been installed in one end of the pipe.

Officers also found a piece of copper pipe that was closed on one end, Metts said. The copper pipe contained a substance that appeared to be gun powder. A time fuse had been installed in the pipe. In addition, officers found fireworks that were taped together with black tape.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad seized the destructive devices, Metts said. Hazardous device technicians are continuing to investigate how Crapps manufactured the bombs and what he intended to do with them.

Metts said the Drug Enforcement Administration removed all items associated with the meth lab.

Crapps is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

Citizens who want to anonymously report illegal drug activity can call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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