Deputies say 25+ people face meth charges across Lowcountry

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) - Eighty-four-year-old James Lyons has lived in his Moncks Corner home for 20 years. He says he never imagined meth-making would be happening so close to his house.

"I didn't know what was going on," said Lyons as he recalled Tuesday night when Berkeley County deputies showed up at his neighbor's home. "I saw nine or more cars out there and a bunch of gentlemen going back into the woods and containers out and everything."

Berkeley County officials say they found meth-making materials inside and outside of 504 Broughton Road. Deputies say Jennifer Atkinson, 31, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and exposing a child to methamphetamine.

"We've been fighting this, our drug enforcement unit has been uncovering meth labs for a long time," said Dan Moon, public information officer for the Berkeley County Sheriff's {}Office. "It's a never-ending battle almost."

Officials say Atkinson's arrest was one of 25 others made within the last two days in Charleston, Colleton, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties.

In Dorchester there were 13 arrests made; in Berkeley there were at least seven; and in Colleton there were five arrests. Charleston County searched seven locations and found one lab but, had not yet reported any arrests.

Moon says the arrests were the product of agencies sharing information and resources.

"They [meth-makers] may go one county to the next," Moon said. "And nowadays with this one pot or 'shake and bake' method of doing methamphetamine, it can be a mobile operation they can do it out of a car."

Moon says many of the busts were a result of tips.

If you have any information of meth-users or meth manufacturers, you can call your local sheriffs department, police department or CrimeStoppers at 554-1111.

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