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Thursday, October 3, 2013

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) on Tuesday, October 1 seized a methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated at a home on Bushberry Road near Pelion. Officers arrested a 31-year-old West Columbia woman and 28-year-old Pelion woman in connection with the methamphetamine laboratory that officers found at the residence.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said NET officers arrested Jessica Nicole Ellison, 31, of 6504 Dakota Road, Unit B, West Columbia, and Mindy Angela Proctor, 28, of 555 Bushberry Road, Pelion. Officers arrested Ellison on a charge of possessing methamphetamine. Officers arrested Proctor on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Ellison and Proctor each were being held on Wednesday, October 2 at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings, Metts said.

At about 1:51 p.m. on Tuesday, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies detected a strong chemical odor emanating from Proctor’s 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 found a device that is used in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine in a garbage can inside Proctor’s home as well as methamphetamine.

Deputies requested assistance from NET officers to further investigate the incident, Metts said. NET officers determined that Proctor operated the methamphetamine laboratory that officers found at Proctor’s home, and officers arrested Ellison and Proctor.

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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