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Two suspects are in custody with charges pending in connection with methamphetamine manufacturing in North Myrtle Beach.

Janine Kelly Stevens, S.C. Highway 319, Aynor, has been charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Kevin Michael Huffman, 1007 Handy Drive, North Myrtle Beach, has been charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine, disposal of methamphetamine waste, possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule IV- Flexural second offense, possession of paraphernalia and financial identity theft.

Acting on an anonymous tip, North Myrtle Beach narcotics detective and uniform police initiated an investigation and surveillance of a residence at 1007 Handy St. in North Myrtle Beach.

They observed Stevens leaving the residence in a car bearing stolen license plates. Both Public Safety Department K-9 units along with detectives conducted a lawful traffic stop of the car at which time a K-9 was deployed. The K-9 gave a positive alert to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle and officers conducted a lawful search of the vehicle. In the backseat of the car was a large brown box containing multiple precursors for the manufacturing of methamphetamines.

Stevens admitted that Huffman had within the past week cooked methamphetamine in the residence at 1007 Handy St. She also said the Huffman and Christopher Michael Meehan, River Bluff Lane, Royal Palm Beach, Fla., had a bottle ignite, and Meehan was badly burned. Apparently, this was the second time a fire had occurred unreported in the same residence within the past few months.

While writing a search warrant based on the totality of evidence, a detective saw the male suspect now in custody exit the residence at which time police made contact with him. Police then received voluntary, signed consent from Huffman to search the premises.

Police found drugs, syringes and precursors for manufacturing methamphetamine in the house, the attic and throughout the woods beside the house. There was also evidence of financial identity theft throughout the residence in the form of names, credit card numbers, social security numbers, dates of birth and other forms of FTC information. Huffman advised law enforcement about the criminal activity he was involved in.

The crime scene was secured for preservation and collection of evidence, and citizen safety. SLED, DHEC, DEU and HAZ-MAT were notified and clean-up was accomplished.

Meehan is being charged with the disposal of methamphetamine waste. He is in custody by another jurisdiction on charges of manufacturing of methamphetamine.



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