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Deputies serve bench warrant, find meth lab in Lexington Co.

Rusty Allen Murphy (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department) Rusty Allen Murphy (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department)

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, SC (WIS) - What started out as a chance for deputies to serve a Batesburg-Leesville man with a family court bench warrant ended with the man also being charged with operating a methamphetamine lab according to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities say they went to a Fairfield Road home to serve 37-year-old Rusty Allen Murphy with a warrant that was issued after he did not make a court-ordered child support payment.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they say they smelled a strong chemical odor at the rear of the home that they recognized as a sign that a methamphetamine lab.

After searching the home, deputies say they located several items used to manufacture the drug.

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

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