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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department code enforcement officers and resident deputies removed 8,640 pounds of trash, including 270 old tires, from a creek along Zane Lane and a utility right-of-way off Laura Brodie Road near Batesburg-Leesville. The creek eventually flows into the North Edisto River.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies spent a full-day on Friday, April 20 removing trash from the creek and utility right-of-way. Deputies elected to clean up the creek because the creek is a tributary for the North Edisto River.

Code enforcement officers Erich Ackermann, Johnny Bryant, John Hatchell and Ty Haigler, Resident Deputy Joe Auckerman, who serves the Gilbert, Hollow Creek and Summit communities, Batesburg-Leesville Resident Deputy Jacob Hallman and Capt. Hampton Taylor, commander of the West Region patrol district, participated in the clean-up effort, Metts said.

Haigler coordinated the effort to clean up the creek and utility right-of-way, Metts said. Haigler serves as a code enforcement officer in the West Region Patrol District, which is based near Gilbert.

During the clean-up effort at the creek, deputies found several bags of trash along the banks of the creek that contained waste from a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory, Metts said. Deputies requested assistance from officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET). NET officers responded to the creek and safely disposed of the waste from the methamphetamine laboratory.

The clean-up effort at the creek and utility right-of-way reflects the Sheriff’s Department mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County, Metts said.

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