Meth lab found in Ireland Creek Road apartment | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | March 30, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: March 30, 2016 at 12:04 pm
By GEORGE SALSBERRY
Walterboro police officers visiting the Ivanhoe Apartments complex at 311 Ireland Creek Road Monday morning ended up making two drug arrests.
The officers were at the apartment complex handling a totally unrelated call when they allegedly spotted a gas generator — an item commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine — on the steps leading to another apartment. As they neared the steps, officers then reportedly spotted a container that appeared to be used in the one-pot methamphetamine manufacturing process.
That led the officers to ask the resident if they could search the apartment. The man reportedly agreed to allow the search, and also reportedly admitted that he both smoked and injected methamphetamine.
Once inside the residence, officers reported they found another one-pot bottle, along with numerous syringes, a scale, two coffee filters that contained a powdered substance, lighter fluid, lye, lithium batteries and a meth pipe.
The discovery led to the arrest of Christopher Bradford Green, 33, of Walterboro. He was booked into the Colleton County Detention Center and officers began the process of securing arrest warrants on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, improper disposal of methamphetamine waste, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On another porch in the apartment complex, three males had been watching the officers conduct the search. Officers suspected that the males had been involved in methamphetamine manufacturing.
With a member of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office watching, one of the three men left the porch, walked across Ireland Creek Road and tossed items in a trash container.
Officers then checked the container and spotted several used syringes floating on top of a layer of water-logged trash.
When questioned, the man allegedly told them he went to the trash container to throw away sales slips from three businesses.
When asked to look in the trash container, the man reportedly could not point out the receipts to the officers.
When the man was asked if the had any illegal items in his pockets, he turned them inside out and the officers reportedly watched as marijuana seeds fell from his pocket to the ground.
The man then allegedly admitted smoking marijuana and a check of one of his arms reportedly showed track marks commonly associated with shooting up drugs.
That led to the arrest of Douglas Paul Ickes, 25, of Ashville, Pa. on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.