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Men arrested in Beaufort County on drug charges

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Justin Moriarty and Nathan Smyth (Source: BCSO) Justin Moriarty and Nathan Smyth (Source: BCSO)
BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) -

Two men were arrested and charged in connection with an investigation by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Investigations Sections.

At about 10 p.m. on May 1, they responded to an address on May River Court in Bluffton to investigate a complaint of drug activity.

The homeowner told deputies that her son, 29-year-old Justin Moriarty, and his friend, 31-year-old Nathan Smyth, had been cooking methamphetamine at her home and were trying to destroy the evidence by burning it in a fire pit outside, according to the BCSO.

They spoke to Moriarty and confirmed that they had previously cooked a batch of meth and were trying to burn the residual materials in the front yard.

Investigators called in SLED meth cleanup contractors Phillips Recoveries Inc. who collected potentially hazardous materials.

More drug evidence was collected. Moriarty was arrested at the scene without incident, according to the sheriff's office.

Smyth left before authorities arrived, but he was found a short distance away, hiding in the woods in the area of Ulmer and Foreman Hill roads.

Smyth had quantities of meth and two prescription drugs at the time of his arrest, according to the sheriff's office. They were charged with possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine within a half-mile of a park.

Moriarty is charged with unlawful disposal of potentially hazardous materials, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (morphine) and possession with intent to distribute a Schedule IV controlled substance (clonazepam).

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