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Thursday, October 4, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) on Wednesday, October 3 seized a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated at a home on Weaver Drive near Lexington. Officers also arrested two men and two women on charges that the two men and two women operated the methamphetamine laboratory.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said NET officers arrested Mark Alan Busby Sr., 50, and Mark Allen Busby, II, 27, both of 159 Weaver Drive, Lot C, Lexington, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, distributing methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Mark Busby, Sr. was being held on Thursday, October 4 at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $40,000. Mark Busby, II, was being held on Thursday at the Detention Center on bail totaling $30,000.

Officers also arrested Teresa Faye LeBlanc, 53, and Carla D. Winnett, 46, both of 159 Weaver Drive, Lot C, Lexington, Metts said. LeBlanc was arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, distributing methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Winnett was arrested on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine.

LeBlanc was being held on Thursday at the Detention Center on bail totaling $30,000, Metts said. Winnett was being held on Thursday at the Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

Officers on Wednesday executed a search warrant at the Weaver Drive home, where the Busbys live with LeBlanc and Winnett, Metts said. Officers obtained the search warrant after conducting a six-week undercover investigation concerning the sale of methamphetamine at the Weaver Drive home as well as the operation of a methamphetamine laboratory at the residence.

Officers arrested the Busbys, LeBlanc and Winnett at the Weaver Drive home, Metts said. Officers found a one-pot reaction vessel that is used to manufacture methamphetamine in a van that was parked outside the residence. Officers also found chemicals and equipment around and underneath the residence that are used to manufacture 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 and Lexington Police Department, 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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