Photo Gallery | 3 arrested after mobile meth lab found in SUV
Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) seized a mobile methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated in a green Chevrolet Equinox sport-utility vehicle that was parked in the parking lot of a strip shopping center on Emanuel Church Road near West Columbia.
Officers arrested Shane Everette Culley, 24, Allisha Grace Harr, 18, and Lauren Elizabeth Ragsdale, 21 in connection with the meth lab.
Officers arrested Culley on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it. Officers arrested Ragsdale on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine. Officers arrested Harr on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine.
Culley, Harr and Ragsdale each were being held at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings, authorities said.
Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies received information at about 7:56 p.m. on Thursday that Culley, Harr and Ragsdale were planning to sell methamphetamine from the Chevrolet Equinox sport-utility vehicle, authorities said. Deputies found the vehicle in the shopping center parking lot on Emanuel Church Road and found a mobile laboratory in the rear driver’s side compartment of the vehicle that actively was being used to manufacture methamphetamine.
While searching Culley’s person incident to his arrest, officers found two used needles, two silver cylinders that contained three bags of methamphetamine, one white plastic box that contained two bags of methamphetamine and one small bag of marijuana, authorities said.
Anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Lexington County to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).