June 4, 2014
FCSO Deputies Discover Meth Lab
SUBJECT:Michael Hicks, age 32, of 1421 Palmetto Street, Florence, SC 29505 was arrested by Deputies with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office on June 4, 2014 and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, first offense, Resisting arrest, Breach of Peace and Threatening the Life of a Public Official. See FCSO Booking Website for additional information.
SUBJECT:Shiloh Norwood, age 32, of 803 Botany Drive, Florence, SC, 29505 was arrested by Deputies with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office on June 4, 2014 and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, first offense. See FCSO Booking Website for additional details.
NARRATIVE: Michael Hicks and Shiloh Norwood, both of Florence, SC were arrested today by Deputies with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine. The arrests came about as a result of a telephone complaint to FCSO this morning alleging that methamphetamine was being manufactured at 803 Botany Drive in Florence County. According to Deputies, upon responding to the location and upon being greeted by an occupant, a cloud of smoke and vapor was noted in the residence. The Deputy acted swiftly to exit the residence and contacted the local fire authority and FCSO Narcotics Investigators who immediately responded to the scene. It was later determined that the smoke and vapor was the result of the methamphetamine cooking operation.
In addition to the charge of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Michael Hicks was also charged with Breach of Peace, Resisting Arrest and Threatening the Life of a Public Official. Both Hicks and Norwood are being held at the Florence County Detention Center while they await the scheduling of a bond hearing.
Although there was no fire reported in this instance, the manufacture of methamphetamine involves a highly volatile chemical process which creates a deadly gas and often results in fire or explosions.
Captain Michael M. Nunn