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Deputies: Rolling meth lab shut down

Hartsville man arrested on manufacturing charge

First Posted: 4:16 am - December 16th, 2015

By Maria D. Grandy - mgrandy@civitasmedia.com



William R. Toler | Civitas Media Agent C. Tanner with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation wears a respirator at the scene of one-pot meth lab discovered by a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy following a June 25 traffic stop near Hamlet, North Carolina.
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PATRICK — An anonymous call about a man with active child support warrants and allegations of drug use ended in an arrest on methamphetamine charges.

Chesterfield County deputies arrived at a home on Patrick Firetower Road in Patrick Dec. 3. Sgt. Don Hughes was the first to arrive and spoke with a woman who denied cooking meth, but confirmed 42-year-old Christopher O’Neal, one of the alleged suspects, was there.

Lt. Spence Vaughn later arrived and spoke with the other man at the home. Vaughn and the man were standing beside a blue truck.

Spence noted he could immediately smell the odor of meth, which he described as an ammonia-type smell. He said he noticed items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine in the back of the truck as well as a black zip-up bag.

The truck’s owner, 34-year-old Weston Smith Privette of 921 Timmerman Drive, Hartsville, allegedly told officers he had stuff left over from an earlier cook. After volunteering to show officers items he had in the truck, he allegedly retrieved a trash can containing a two-liter bottle and two gas generators. He also turned over pills and a plastic zip bag containing meth, according to the sheriff’s office.

He was arrested and charged with one count each of possession of methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine.

O’Neal, of 1425 Teague Road No. 505, Myrtle Beach, was also arrested and served with two bench warrants for family court.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Reach Maria D. Grandy at 843-537-5261.

William R. Toler | Civitas Media Agent C. Tanner with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation wears a respirator at the scene of one-pot meth lab discovered by a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy following a June 25 traffic stop near Hamlet, North Carolina.
http://thecherawchronicle.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Meth_mask_resized.jpgWilliam R. Toler | Civitas Media Agent C. Tanner with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation wears a respirator at the scene of one-pot meth lab discovered by a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy following a June 25 traffic stop near Hamlet, North Carolina.
Hartsville man arrested on manufacturing charge

By Maria D. Grandy

mgrandy@civitasmedia.com

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