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Sunday, March 25, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) on Thursday, March 22 arrested a 43-year-old West Columbia man and 47-year-old West Columbia man on charges that the two men operated a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory at their home on Delree Street near West Columbia.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said NET officers arrested John Roy Amacher, III, 43, of 3929 Delree Street, West Columbia, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing marijuana. Officers arrested William Auston Cash, 47, of 3929 Delree Street, West Columbia, on one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, two counts of distributing methamphetamine and one count of possessing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Amacher and Cash each were being held on Friday, March 23 at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings, Metts said.

On Thursday, NET officers executed a search warrant at the Delree Street home that Amacher and Cash shared, Metts said. Officers obtained probable cause for the search warrant after conducting an undercover investigation concerning sales of methamphetamine at the home.

Officers found that Amacher and Cash actively were operating a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory inside the home, Metts said.

Metts asked 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 concerning illegal drug activity by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com), Metts said.

NET is comprised of officers from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Batesburg-Leesville Police Department, Irmo Police Department, Lexington Police Department and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Metts said. The sheriff and municipal police chiefs implemented NET in 2001 in order to enhance drug enforcement in Lexington County.

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