KERSHAW COUNTY, SC — Two people were arrested on Easter Sunday after the deputies with the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous complaint about a possible meth lab near Cassatt.
Narcotics officers discovered a meth lab in an outbuilding adjacent to a home on West Drive, according to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.
Sheriff Matthews said Debra Page Grooms, 44, and Lloyd Otis Sams, 40, who had just been evicted from the residence, were arrested when they returned during the search.
“In addition to the meth lab in the building, deputies discovered a mobile methamphetamine lab in their vehicle,” Sheriff Matthews said.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, offials from the cleanup company said the toxic waste produced from this operation may set a record for the largest waste product by weight of any meth lab in the state. Initial estimates for the cost of this single cleanup is between $10,000-$12,000.
“This is the sixth meth lab seized this year in Kershaw County,” Sheriff Matthews said. “Methamphetamine and methamphetamine manufacturing is a growing problem in our state and country. We will be relentless in addressing this crime before it gets out of control.”
Grooms and Sams, who have previously been arrested on narcotics violations, are being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.
Methamphetamine Lab Leaves Large Cleanup Bill
Kershaw County, SC (WLTX) – Deputies arrested two suspects after the discovery of a methamphetamine lab over the weekend.
Officers say they got a complaint call Sunday about a possible meth lab on West Drive near the town of Cassatt. When they arrived, officers say they found the lab off to the side of the home.
As they were investigating, officers say 44-year-old Debra Page Grooms and 40-year-old Lloyd Otis Sams came by the home, then tried to drive off. Officers arrested the two, and discovered that they’d been evicted from the home recently.
Investigators say they found a mobile meth lab in their car.
Sheriff Jim Matthews says the cleanup company hired to remove the lab says that the costs for this particular lab may set a record for the largest waste product by weight of any meth lab in the state. Matthews says it’s estimated it will cost between $10-12,000 to clean up the site.