South Carolina law enforcement officers take drug crimes very seriously. Consequences for drug crimes can vary dramatically depending on multiple factors. Some factors that can effect sentencing include the type of illegal substance involved in the arrest, the amount of the illegal substance seized, whether the defendant is accused of either manufacturing or distributing the illegal substance, the age of the person accused of the crime and whether or not the person accused has been convicted of prior drug charges.
According to recent news reports, multiple South Carolina residents were recently charged with a number of drug crimes for allegedly operating a methamphetamine laboratory in a West Columbia residence. Law enforcement officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team discovered the laboratory after they received an anonymous tip. Agents noted that when they arrived at the residence there was a strong chemical order.
According to Lexington County Sheriff Deputies, the search of the West Columbia residence yielded drug paraphernalia and materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The three South Carolina residents arrested in the search are now facing charges for drug manufacturing, drug possession and intent to distribute. All three are currently being detained at the Lexington County Detention Center while they are awaiting bond hearings.
In South Carolina a person convicted of a first offense of drug charges for the manufacture of methamphetamine or possession with the intent to distribute is guilty of a felony that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. A second offense is punishable by no less than five years and a third offense is a minimum 15 year prison sentence. Due to the serious consequences it is vital that those accused wage a strong defense immediately.
The State, "3 charged in meth lab bust at West Columbia home," Betty Alice Nix, March 6, 2013