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