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Lexington County officers find meth lab near Swansea

Richard Grover McLeod Richard Grover McLeod
Michelle Marie James Michelle Marie James
Lesley Renee Stone Lesley Renee Stone
Steve O'Neal Spigner Steve O'Neal Spigner

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Lexington County officers have found a meth lab and made four arrests at a home near Swansea.

Officers went to the home Sunday to investigate a report about a suspicious man. As the officers approached the home, they heard the rear door open and saw Richard Grover McLeod walk out of the home. The officers say they detected a strong chemical odor emanating from the home.

Deputies requested help from officers of the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team. Deputies say they observed numerous items in plain view that were used to manufacture methamphetamine, Sheriff James Metts said. They also found a glass tube in a pocket in McLeod's clothing that contained methamphetamine.

NET officers seized 10 grams of methamphetamine, worth about $1,000; 12 pounds of material that was being manufactured into methamphetamine, worth about $100,000 once it was used for meth; $1,000 in cash and two firearms at a home on Ravenwood Drive. Officers also arrested two men and two women at the home.

Arrested were: Michelle Marie James, 33, of Pelion; Richard Grover McLeod, 36, of Swansea; Steve O'Neal Spigner, 25, of Lexington; and Lesley Renee Stone, 26, of Timmonsville.

Officers charged McLeod and Spigner with trafficking in methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawfully disposing of methamphetamine waste. Officers charged James with manufacturing methamphetamine and illegally possessing prescription medication, while they charged Stone with manufacturing methamphetamine.

James, McLeod, Spigner and Stone all were being held on Monday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings.

Citizens who want to anonymously report illegal drug activity can call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-559-TIPS or call the NET Hotline at (803) 785-8411. NET officers will follow up on information that citizens provide through the NET Hotline.

Posted by Chantelle Janelle

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