Eight county residents are in custody after a raid on two suspected methamphetamine labs Wednesday and Thursday in Lexington County, authorities announced Thursday.
And two children ages 1 and 4 living near one of the alleged labs were taken into protective custody and given to the Department of Social Services.
According to the Lexington County Sheriffs Department, six adults were arrested early Thursday in an area of the county thats come to be known as the Meth Triangle. Taken into custody after a raid in the 4000 block of Fish Hatchery Road in Gaston were James Winston Davis, 45; Joshua Lamont Engelhardt, 19; Matthew Sean Engelhardt, 17; Kayla Nicole Gladden, 23; Darlene Lula-Ann Lamb, 17, all of Gaston; and Wiley Eugene Sisk, 21, of Batesburg-Leesville.
A day earlier, two Lexington men, Boyce Oliver Hudson, 31, and James Bryan Teague, 41, were arrested at on Foremost Drive in Lexington, after a tip led authorities to the address of a suspected meth lab.
In both cases, the meth production facilities were discovered in sheds apart from the main residence, according to the Sheriffs Department. Police reported smelling the distinctive chemical odor associated with meth production at the time of the raids.