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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) on Tuesday, January 29 arrested a 55-year-old Lexington man on charges that the man was trafficking in a crystal form of methamphetamine as well as growing marijuana plants at his home on Oron Court near Lexington. Officers seized more than 10 grams of the crystal form of methamphetamine, two marijuana plants, $4,815 in cash, four handguns and one rifle that officers found at the man’s home.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said NET officers arrested Ray Hubert Adkins, 55, of 125 Oron Court, Lexington, on arrest warrants on charges of trafficking in the crystal form of methamphetamine, manufacturing marijuana, simple possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon during the commission of a violent crime. Adkins was being held on Wednesday, January 30 at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

NET officers obtained a search warrant for Adkins’ home on Tuesday morning after a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputy detected an odor emanating from marijuana plants inside the residence after the deputy served a general sessions court bench warrant that was issued for Adkins on a charge of possessing methamphetamine, Metts said.

After executing the search warrant at Adkins’ home, NET officers found two marijuana plants in an indoor terrarium and more than 10 grams of the crystal form of methamphetamine, with a street value of about $1,000, that were stored in seven canisters, Metts said.

After executing the search warrant at Adkins’ home, NET officers also found $4,815 in cash, two sets of digital scales and bags that are used to package drugs for sale, Metts said. In addition, officers found one Hi Point 9-mm handgun, one Karz 9-mm handgun, one .22-caliber handgun, one Smith & Wesson .38-caliber handgun and one Ruger 1022 rifle. Officers seized the five firearms in addition to the marijuana plants, crystal methamphetamine and cash that the officers found at the home.

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), Metts said.

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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