4 arrested in Lexington County meth lab raid

Four men have been charged with operating a meth lab outside a Lexington County motel room.

Michael Wayne Anderson (photo provided)

Michael Wayne Anderson (photo provided)

Charles Daniel Barker (photo provided)

Charles Daniel Barker (photo provided)

Paul Scott Kelley (photo provided)

Paul Scott Kelley (photo provided)

Christopher Carl Ruppe (photo provided)

Christopher Carl Ruppe (photo provided)

The county’s multi-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) went to the Motel 6 at 1776 Burning Tree Drive on Sunday night after being told a meth lab was in operation there. Officers said they found evidence to support that claim inside the room, including packets of crushed pseudoephedrine pills and a bottle of drain cleaner. Upon further investigation, they found a black backpack on top of the trash can outside the motel room that contained a reaction vessel, which actively was being used to make meth.

NET officers arrested Michael Wayne Anderson of Lexington, Charles Daniel Barker of Fair Play; Paul Scott Kelley of Greer, and Christopher Carl Ruppe of Woodruff. All are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

 

NET is made up of officers from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Batesburg-Leesville Police Department and Lexington Police Department. The special operation was formed in 2001 to enhance drug enforcement in Lexington County.

Categories: Crime, Lexington County

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