Meth Lab Seized


By Eric Weisfeld

(WOLO) Columbia, SC-Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) on Monday, July 1 seized a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated at a home on Village Court near Gaston.
Officers arrested a 34-year-old Gaston man on charges that the man operated the methamphetamine laboratory at the residence while a 13-year-old boy was present at the home. Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said NET officers arrested Robert Fleet Pendleton, 34, of 1812 Village Court, Gaston, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful conduct towards a child by a legal custodian.
Pendleton was being held on Tuesday, July 2 at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing. Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies received information on Monday that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at Pendleton’s home, Metts said.
Deputies went to Pendleton’s residence at about 12:25 p.m.
on Monday in order to investigate whether Pendleton was operating a methamphetamine laboratory at his home. Deputies found two glass mason jars in a closet in a bedroom at the end of the home, Metts said.
One of the jars contained a white liquid.
Deputies also found a plastic funnel adjacent to the two glass jars.
Deputies recognized from training that they had received that the items in the closet were part of a methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated at the home. Deputies requested assistance from NET officers in order to further investigate the clandestine methamphetamine laboratory that deputies found at Pendleton’s home, Metts said.
NET officers determined that Pendleton was operating a methamphetamine laboratory at his residence, Metts said.
NET officers dismantled the methamphetamine laboratory and safely disposed of the laboratory’s components. The 13-year-old boy, whom deputies found watching television in a bedroom at the front of Pendleton’s home, was placed in the custody of a relative, Metts said.

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