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Friday, June 29, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) on Wednesday, June 27 seized a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory and arrested a 38-year-old woman on charges that she operated the methamphetamine laboratory at a home where she resides on Sugar Bottom Road near Leesville.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said NET officers arrested Amanda Axson Lee, 38, of 319 Sugar Bottom Road, Leesville, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine. Lee was being held on Thursday, June 28 at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

NET officers are searching for Daniel Wilson Hartley, 37, of 319 Sugar Bottom Road, Leesville, who is wanted on arrest warrants on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine. Hartley lives with Lee, who is his girlfriend, at the Sugar Bottom Road home. Hartley was not at the residence when the officers seized the clandestine methamphetamine laboratory.

Hartley is 5-foot-11 and weighs 160 pounds, Metts said. Hartley has brown hair and blue eyes. Metts asked anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Hartley to call the Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

NET officers received information that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at the Sugar Bottom Road home, Metts said. Officers went to the residence at about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and conducted a search of the home.

Officers searched the home’s attic and found two quart-sized mason jars that contained a clear liquid and one bottle of liquid fire, Metts said. The two mason jars contained methamphetamine oil. Officers searched the home’s master bedroom and found one plastic bag in the drawer of a dresser that contained a white powder that was consistent with methamphetamine.

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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