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County man charged in meth lab bust

First Posted: 3:54 am - July 1st, 2015

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PAGELAND — A Chesterfield County man is accused of cooking meth in an abandoned mobile home in his neighborhood.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Roland “Ro Ro” Moore III, 33, of 218 Tiny Grove Church Road on June 18 after allegedly finding the drug and the chemicals used to make it at 344 Edisto St. just outside the Pageland town limits.

Sgt. Lee Lewis was dispatched to a home on the same block of Edisto Street when a woman called deputies to report that property had been stolen from a mobile home she was using for storage. She accused Moore of taking the goods.

The caller told Lewis and Deputy Clay Anderson that neighbors told her Moore and a woman had been seen going inside her trailer. She went to the 344 Edisto St. home to ask Moore about the missing items and told deputies when she knocked on the door, it opened and she saw some of her belongings inside.

Deputies went to the trailer where Moore had been staying and “noticed the items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines in the yard,” Lewis said in an incident report.

A relative of the property owner gave deputies permission to search the 344 Edisto St. home and they determined it was possibly an active meth lab, Lewis said.

Deputies said they found Moore hiding behind a shed at his home on Tiny Grove Church Road.

“I asked Mr. Moore if he had been inside any of the homes,” Lewis wrote. “He stated he had been in all of the homes. I asked why he would be in the homes, he stated he moves stuff around. I told him these homes had been used to manufacture meth and that his state-issued ID was found inside 344 Edisto St. I asked Mr. Moore if he was manufacturing meth, he stated he was not.”

Deputies arrested Moore on a charge of destruction, damage or vandalism on suspicion of stealing and damaging the complainant’s household items. They later took out a warrant on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Moore’s arrest marks the second meth bust near Pageland in the span of a week. William Miles, 51, and his 71-year-old mother were injured when a meth lab exploded in a 505 S. Tory Road home on June 11.

Deputies said Miles admitted that he was making “shake-and-bake” meth in a 20-ounce plastic soda bottle when the bottle caught fire and caused an explosion.

Miles and his mother suffered burns in the explosion, and he was expected to face charges upon his release from the hospital.

Reach Editor Corey Friedman at 910-817-2670 and follow him on Twitter @corey_friedman.

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