Hampton Police Department arrests suspects in meth bust
HAMPTON CO., SC (WTOC) - A rare meth bust has been made by the Hampton Police Department after a traffic stop on the 1000 block of Elm Street lead to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab on Friday.
While on patrol in the area of Ellis Street and Elm Street a Hampton Police Officer observed a 1997 Honda making turns without utilizing a turn signal around 7:00 p.m.
After pulling over Charles Carson Jr., age 36, of Hampton, he was unable to provide a South Carolina driver's license. After further investigation and DMV check the officer was notified Carson's license is under suspicion.
Carson's passenger Phillip Stanley, age 32, of Pineland, was also under suspicion.
The men were asked to exit the vehicle and complied when asked if the officers on scene could search the vehicle.
While searching the vehicle Sergeant R. Ginn located four pill bottles, a green bottle with a clear liquid inside, aluminum foil containing a white with red granule powder substance, and an additional piece of aluminum foil containing a crystallized mixture.
A bag of needles and a spoon were also retrieved from inside the car owned by Charles Carson Jr.
Hampton Officers noted the items inside the car were common components for one methamphetamine lab.
The area was secured and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Drug Enforcement Administration were notified.
"The DEA came by and helped us identify everything in the car and tell us what it was, and then SLED assisted with the clean up," said Hampton Police Chief Perry McAlhaney. "They came down, cleaned up the stuff in the vehicle after we had gathered everything we needed for evidence."
The car Charles Carson Jr. was traveling in originally left from 207 Ellis Street. Hampton Police Officers obtained a search warrant for the house and arrested Jodie Smith, age 33, on meth charges.
Charles Carson Jr., Phillip Stanley, and Jodie Smith are being held in the Hampton County Jail charged with manufacturing meth, trafficking Sudafed, improper disposal of meth and manufacturing a controlled substance in the proximity of a school.
"This is the first meth related arrest in our town, guess it is moving to every jurisdiction," said McAlhaney.
One parent was picking up her daughter from the elementary school by the suspects home and said she's relieved the operation was shut down.
"I want all drugs away from my child..I'm very scared about that, and I don't want it anywhere near her. Because it's a dangerous even making it. If it were to blow up, it would have burnt everything down," she said.
Police said they believe the suspects have been making and selling meth in the town for at least six months.
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