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TRAVELERS REST, S.C. – Earlier this month, a shoplifting suppression operation at the Travelers Rest Walmart led police to the discovery of an alleged mobile methamphetamine lab.

According to officials, an officer with the Travelers Rest Police Department (TRPD) witnessed two women and one man acting suspiciously inside the store, located at 9 Benton Road.

Once in the parking lot, an officer approached one of the females – later identified as 33-year-old Belinda Faye Crocker, of Greenville – and learned that she had purchased Coleman camping fuel, an item officials said is frequently used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

When questioned by police, the second woman – later identified as 26-year-old Kimberly Ann Mateus, of Greenville – eventually admitted that she had a meth pipe in her purse. When the purse was searched, items from Walmart were found, which Mateus admitted to stealing.

The man – later identified as 24-year-old Eric Leland Perry, of Greenville – admitted to being in possession of a meth pipe as well. After consenting to a search of his vehicle, police discovered a backpack with items they say were consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine in a tool box in the back of Perry’s truck.

Officers called for the assistance of a Greenville County Sheriff’s Office vice investigator, who determined that “all the components to manufacture methamphetamine were present,” according to the incident report.

The investigator also discovered a smoking soda bottle that appeared to be what was left of an “old methamphetamine cook” in the bed of the truck.

The scene was secured, and the Columbia-based meth lab clean-up team was called in to remove the items from the truck.

Police also say they found a percocet tablet on the floorboard of Perry’s truck.

Perry was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is currently being held in the Greenville County Detention Center on a $12,500 bond.

Crocker was charged with loitering to engage in drug activity and transported to the TRPD, where she was released on a personal recognizance bond. Mateus was issued a ticket for shoplifting and released at the scene.

In March of this year, a similar instance led to the discovery of a mobile meth lab at the same store.



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