Meth cook found in North Charleston apartment complex

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A meth cook was found Tuesday afternoon inside a North Charleston apartment home. Residents were briefly evacuated.

"They [police] were banging on all the doors telling us toget out," said Sondra Scott, a three-year resident. "I had the baby, I wrapped the baby up in one ofmy shawls, put a hat on her head and they told us to go to our cars."

According to the North Charleston Police Department, officers responded to Brackenbrook apartment complex off Dorchester Road because someone needed EMS. Once on scene, officers found a person passed out on the floor.{}

Officers said they found a "20 ounce plastic bottle containing a clear liquid in the kitchen with a 'chemical smell' consistent with meth."{}

"It's a little baffling and makes me veryconcerned because you don't want to have the kids in harms way," said Antonio Thomas, also a resident. "The worstthing is my kids are always out here playing and other little kids are hereplaying. We don't want to have an explosion and all these kids end up gettinghurt."

A police spokesman said the "cook" was only in that one bottle.{} {}

The suspect was taken to the hospital as a precaution.{}

The building was also evacuated as a precaution. Residents were not allowed into their homes and were asked to park at the apartment entrance. As the rain got heavier, residents were told they will have to wait 2-3 hours before the apartment complex is cleared.

"I grabbed a coat with a hood on it, pocket book.I forgot my wallet, they did let me go back in and get my wallet," said Scott.

They were let back into their homes around 3:15 p.m.

The apartment complex released a letter to residents after the incident saying that while most residents were allowed to move freely to and from their homes, residents in several homes near the apartment where the meth was found would not be let back in until 6:30 p.m. or later.

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