CLOVER — Four people have been charged after drug agents discovered they had cooked and planned to create more methamphetamine in a detached garage at one suspect's parent's home in Clover Tuesday morning.
York County drug agents say the latest lab is the 16th active one uncovered in the county this year. So far, more than 30 people have been arrested and charged with operating meth labs.
At about 2 a.m., Clover Police went to a Stokes Avenue home after the homeowner reported finding a suspicious car at his house, said Lt. Mike Ligon, York and Clover unit commander for the county's multijurisdictional drug enforcement unit.
When police spoke with the people inside, they realized they had been cooking meth in one-pot labs, one of the simplest methods of cooking meth that only requires a small container, soda bottle or Gatorade bottle to hold the ingredients. Police then called the drug unit, Ligon said.
Agents found the group harboring all the "precursors" to a meth lab, which typically include gloves, filters, lithium batteries and pseudoephedrine, meth's key ingredient, Ligon said. Officials were able to take samples of some substances manufactured that will have to be tested.
The foursome were preparing to cook more meth when police arrived, but were unable to finish the process, he said.
Authorities charged Joseph Bennett, Scott Aaron Pressley, Brent Love and Jennifer Wilson all with manufacturing methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine in proximity to a school and trafficking pseudoephedrine, Ligon said. Wilson also faces additional charges of possession of heroin and possession of oxycodone.
Scott Aaron Pressley initially gave police his brother's name, Windell Pressley.
Bennett, a fugitive from North Carolina wanted for a probation violation, is also on hold for authorities there, police said.
Though he did not live in his father's garage, he had been staying at the house because he was supposed to be caring for his mother, who recently underwent a surgical procedure, Ligon said.