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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) on Monday, April 2 seized a mobile clandestine methamphetamine laboratory that was set up in a stolen blue 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck that Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies recovered at a residence on Peachtree Rock Road near Lexington. Officers charged a 26-year-old Gaston man with setting up the mobile methamphetamine laboratory inside the truck.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said officers arrested Keith Wayne Kirkland, 26, of 3105 Bachman Road, Gaston, on charges of second-offense manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing a stolen motor vehicle. Kirkland was being held on Tuesday, April 3 at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

An arrest warrant alleges that on Monday officers found Kirkland to be in possession of the stolen 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, which contained components that are used to operate a mobile clandestine methamphetamine laboratory, Metts said. The mobile methamphetamine laboratory was found behind the driver’s seat inside the truck.

Deputies received information from the West Columbia Police Department that Kirkland had been seen driving the stolen 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck in the Lexington community, Metts said.

Deputies went to a residence at 574 Peachtree Rock Road, where they knew Kirkland frequently spent time, Metts said. Officers found the stolen 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck parked in front of a camper at 574 Peachtree Rock Road. Deputies found Kirkland in the camper and arrested Kirkland without incident.

The 2001 Dodge Ram pickup truck was reported stolen to the Sheriff’s Department at 3:43 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, Metts said. The truck was stolen from a fenced-in area at the rear of Performance Strength Designs, Inc., at 720 Chris Drive near West Columbia. The truck is owned by the owner of the business.

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 by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).

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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