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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) on Tuesday, March 5 seized a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated at a residence on Norman Drive near West Columbia. Officers arrested two men and one woman on charges that they operated the methamphetamine laboratory that officers found at the residence.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said NET officers arrested Jerald David Chase, 40, of 3176 Greenwood Drive, West Columbia; Jimmy Leon Marsh, III, 27, of 123 Cathy Lane, Unit H, Lexington; and Betty Alice Nix, 32, of 166 Norman Drive, Unit B, West Columbia. Chase, Marsh and Nix each were arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.

Chase, Marsh and Nix each were being held on Wednesday, March 6 at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings, Metts said.

NET officers received information on Tuesday afternoon that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory actively was being operated at Nix’s residence on Norman Drive, Metts said. Officers went to Nix’s residence at about 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday and detected a strong chemical odor emanating from the residence that they recognized as an indication that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at the residence.

Officers searched Nix’s residence and found one glass Mason jar in a bedroom that contained a white residue and liquid that had a cloudy appearance, Metts said. Officers also found one reaction vessel that is used to manufacture methamphetamine on the floor in front of a bathroom door.

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 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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