HCPD investigates meth lab in Prestwick community

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Horry County Police confirmed they were investigating a meth lab in the Prestwick Country Club gated community off of 544 Thursday afternoon.

A spokesperson for Horry County Police, Lt. Myron Creel, said it started as a call about suspicious activity or trespassing at a house along Links Drive and turned out to be a very different situation once officers got on the scene.

Lt. Creel said officers discovered an active meth lab.

The Horry County Police Department had secured the scene Thursday evening, but they did call in Horry County Fire Rescue Hazmat teams to neutralize the materials in the lab.

Officers said six people are in custody right now. They are expecting charges to be filed sometime in the near future, but in the meantime, neighbors are reacting to something like this taking place so close to home.

Homeowner Joyce Oryan said, "Coming home it was all blocked off to take a right on Links. There was just a lot of police activity so we were directed around and it was a little alarming."

Homeowner Charlie Altman added, "We were really surprised that something like this would happen in our neighborhood. Very surprised, and I have to commend the Horry County Police Department for taking matters into their own hands to get it resolved."

35-year-old Jeremy Caruso, 38-year-old Charles Dunn, and 32-year-old John Mainhart are charged with manufacturing drugs. All three remain behind bars this morning at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Their bonds range from 5-thousand to 15-thousand dollars.

27-year-old Eric Izzard and 35-year-old Holly Sturkey are charged with drug possession. Police also arrested Brieana Sturkey but it is still  unknown if she will be facing charges.

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