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PRESS RELEASE
January 10, 2014

 

FCSO SHUTS DOWN METH LAB

 

SUSPECT:Phillip Johnson, age 26, of 3314 West Cummings Road, Effingham, SC 29501 was arrested by Florence County Sheriff’s Office on January 9, 2014 and charged with Manufacturing and Distribution of Methamphetamine (First Offense).  See FCSO Booking Website for additional details.

 

SUSPECT:Laney Graves, age 33, of 5623 Country Lane, Timmonsville, SC 29161 was arrested by Florence County Sheriff’s Office on January 9, 2014 and charged with Manufacturing and Distribution of Methamphetamine (First Offense).  See FCSO Booking Website for additional details. 

 

SUSPECT:Ashley Hunsucker, age 21, of 1229 Firetower Road, Florence, SC 29505 was arrested by Florence County Sheriff’s Office on January 9, 2014 and charged with Manufacturing and Distribution of Methamphetamine (First Offense).  See FCSO Booking Website for additional details.

 

SUSPECT:Brittany Graves, age 24, of 2471 Oliver Road, Timmonsville, SC 29161 was arrested by Florence County Sheriff’s Office on January 9, 2014 and charged with Manufacturing and Distribution of Methamphetamine (First Offense).  See FCSO Booking Website for additional details.

 

NARRATIVE:Specially trained narcotics investigators with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division executed a search warrant yesterday at 3304 Lot C, Cummings Road, Effingham, SC and uncovered an active and operational methamphetamine laboratory on the premises.  According to Investigators, the search warrant was the result of a two month investigation which originated with a citizen complaint and included an undercover operation.  Phillip Johnson, Laney Graves, Brittany Graves and Ashley Hunsucker were 

 

arrested in connection with the operation of the lab.  All were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.  Johnson faces and additional charge for manufacturing methamphetamine from a separate incident.  Brittany Graves is also charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.  

 

Because of the volatile nature of methamphetamine production and the potential for environmental contamination, clean-up crews were dispatched to the scene by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to properly dispose of the waste. Howe Spring Fire Department was present during the processing of the scene due to the risk of fire and explosion and further assisted with the decontamination of the suspects.

 

The investigation into this incident is ongoing and more arrests and charges are possible.    

 

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Captain Michael M. Nunn
General Counsel/P.I.O.