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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

LEXINGTON, SC - Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) on Tuesday, September 3 seized a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory at a room at a motel on Harbor Drive near West Columbia. Officers arrested a 37-year-old Lexington woman and 52-year-old Lexington man on charges that the woman and the man operated the methamphetamine laboratory that officers found at the motel room.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said NET officers arrested Christy Ann Gable, 37, of 627 Longview Street, Lexington, and Earnest Charles Lake, 52, of 623 Longview Street, Lexington, on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine. Gable and Lake were being held on Tuesday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings.

At about 9:12 a.m. on Tuesday, NET officers and Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies went to the Executive Inn at 1107 Harbor Drive near West Columbia in order to investigate information that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was being operated in a room at the motel, Metts said. Officers went to the room and determined that Gable and Lake were manufacturing methamphetamine in the room and also had ingested methamphetamine while in the room. Officers then arrested Gable and Lake.

NET officers dismantled and safely disposed of the clandestine methamphetamine laboratory that Gable and Lake were operating in the motel room, Metts said.

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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