Deputies respond to fire, find meth lab in North Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Charleston County deputies responded to help North Charleston firefighters at a house fire on Jessen Avenue Sunday night and found an active meth lab.

Deputies met with the NCFD incident commander around 9:30 p.m. and found an active meth lab inside the home. They believe the working lab was the cause of the fire.

Metro Narcotics detectives searched the home.

The residents,{} 24-year-old James G. Osborne and{} 24-year-old Jessica R. Tobias are both charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Possession of{} a Firearm During the Commission of a Violent Crime.

They faced on judge on Monday.{} Each were given a $50,000 bond.

Holly Pridgen is the mother of Osborne.{} She says her son and his girlfriend live next door to them.{} She says her son is innocent.

"He was not manufacturing meth," said Pridgen.{}{} "He had some friends that are not of the best reputation."

Deputies say when they entered the home they found deputies say they found items used to make meth as well as plastic tubing that tested positive for the drug.

Both Tobias and Osborne are scheduled to appear back in court on February 14th.


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