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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies and officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) on Sunday, January 6 seized a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated at a home on Buggy Road near Batesburg and arrested three men and three women who are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine at the residence.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies and NET officers arrested Heather Lynn Brazell, 22, of 208 Stone Road, Batesburg; Kevin Delano Duncan, 46, of 4189 Highway 23, Batesburg; Retha Rena Koon, 44, of 1489 Highway 23, Batesburg; Lacey Rae Langford, 27, of 121 Corley Trail, Monetta; Jared William McCullough, 34, of 2219 Broad Street, Leesville; and Jason Wayne McCullough, 36, of 132 Buggy Road, Batesburg. NET officers later obtained arrest warrants for Brazell, Duncan, Koon, Langford, Jared McCullough and Jason McCullough on one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Brazell, Langford, Jared McCullough and Jason McCullough each were being held on Wednesday, January 9 at the Lexington County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond, Metts said. Duncan was being held on Wednesday at the county Detention Center on a $25,000 bond. Koon was being held on Wednesday at the county Detention Center on bail totaling $17,500.

At about 11:16 p.m. on Saturday, January 5 deputies received information that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at Jason McCullough’s home at 132 Buggy Road, Metts said.

Deputies detected a strong chemical odor emanating from inside the Buggy Road home that they recognized from training that they had received as an indication that a methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at the residence, Metts said. Deputies removed Brazell, Duncan, Koon, Langford, Jared McCullough and Jason McCullough from the home and later arrested the three women and three men.

Deputies requested assistance from NET officers in further investigating the clandestine methamphetamine laboratory that deputies found at the Buggy Road home, Metts said.

NET officers obtained a search warrant for the Buggy Road home, Metts said. After they executed the search warrant at the residence, officers found a clear, one-liter plastic bottle in a bedroom that actively was being used as a reaction vessel to manufacture methamphetamine. Officers safely dismantled the reaction vessel.

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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