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Couple arrested for cooking meth while children were home

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(Source: Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center) (Source: Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center)

A couple was arrested Wednesday after sheriff's deputies discovered a meth lab in a home where several children lived.

Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said Kristen and Jonathan Vaughan were taken into custody after deputies saw several bottles outside of the home in Cordova that had meth residue.

Investigators were allowed to search the home and inside they found items associated with a meth lab, Ravenell said.  

"Jonathan admitted to investigators that he cooked meth in the home," Ravenell said.  "Kristen told investigators that she would purchase pseudoephedrine for Jonathan to cook meth."

Ravenell said as many as six children ranging in age from six to 14 have been in the home while meth was being cooked.

Four of the children in the home were relatives, Ravenell said. 

In the past three weeks, Orangeburg sheriff's deputies have found eight meth labs.

"By far, this was the most dangerous because of the children that were present in the home and nearby while this illegal activity was taking place," Ravenell said.  

Orangeburg Magistrate Judge Peggy Doremus set bond at $40,000 cash or surety for Kristen Vaughan and $60,000 cash or surety for Jonathan Vaughan.

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