Authorities in Rock Hill, South Carolina have arrested a man and woman for charges relating to the trafficking and manufacturing of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.
The Herald newspaper reports that Jessica Christian, and Clifford Dean Canfield, both 33, were arrested after authorities received a call about a possible meth lab and meth use at the home.
When police arrived on scene, they found chemicals, fuel and soda bottles used to manufacture the drug.
Authorities also removed a child, belonging to Christian, age 7, from the premises.
The adults are both charged with trafficking methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, exposing a minor child to methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine within proximity to a park and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute within proximity to a park.
The two are both awaiting their bond hearings.
ROCK HILL A boy was taken into emergency custody Wednesday afternoon after drug agents decommissioned York County’s ninth methamphetamine lab this year and confiscated chemicals, fuel and soda bottles authorities say his mother and a man used to make the addictive street drug in a Rock Hill neighborhood less than a mile from a city park.
At about 4:30 p.m., the county’s office of the Department of Social Services and Rock Hill Police called the county’s multijurisdictional drug enforcement unit for assistance after receiving complaints about a possible meth lab and meth use at a home on Farlow Street, off Mount Gallant Road near Oakwood Acres Park, said Marvin Brown, drug unit commander.
DSS called authorities, reporting that the house’s power was off and there was a possible meth lab inside, according to a Rock Hill police report.
Drug agents searched the house and found 18 bottles of liquid, Brown said, along with several drain cleaners, coffee filters, a charcoal lighter, pseudoephedrine —a key ingredient in meth— and several soda bottles filled with white residue associated with manufacturing meth.
The unit’s hazardous materials crew removed the chemicals, he said, while DSS took the boy, 7, into emergency protective custody.
His mother, Jessica Christian, and Clifford Dean Canfield, both 33, were arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, exposing a minor child to methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine within proximity to a park and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute within proximity to a park.
They are both held at the York County Detention Center awaiting bond hearings.
Authorities have said they are seeing an increase in meth labs this year. So far in 2013, drug agents have shut down nine active and inactive methamphetamine labs in the county, Brown said. In all of 2012 and 2011, agents shut down 10.
During a conference in March sponsored by the county’s All On Board coalition, Lt. Max Dorsey with the State Law Enforcement Division presented data showing that 144 children had been removed from meth labs statewide from July 2011 to February 2013.
Once children are removed, they have to be “decontaminated” and medically screened, he said.