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FCSO arrests two in 'shake and bake' meth lab

Ottis Jefferson Smith (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office) Ottis Jefferson Smith (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)
Shirley Daniel (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office) Shirley Daniel (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) The Florence County Sheriff's Office has arrested two individuals after raiding what they called a ‘shake and bake' meth lab in a Pee Dee motel room.

Captain Michael Nunn, spokesman for the Florence County Sheriff's Office, says Narcotics Investigators raided the motel on West Lucas Street in Florence Thursday night, and subsequently found a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory using a ‘one pot' or ‘shake and bake' method to produce the drugs.

Officers arrested 31-year-old Ottis Jefferson Smith of Florence and 31-year-old Shirley Daniel of Columbia. Smith and Daniel are charged with manufacture, distribution of methamphetamine, and manufacture, possession of schedule V drugs with intent to distribute.

Those charges, Nunn said, could result in a sentence of up to 15 years in prison, a fine of $25,000 or both.

Nunn added that these ‘shake and bake' operations are highly mobile, difficult to locate, but makes it easier and faster to produce meth. It also significantly increases the danger of fiery explosions.

"The manufacturers of this drug place themselves and anyone else nearby at risk of injury and death every time one of these labs is operated," Sheriff Kenney Boone stated. "In addition, meth is one of the most addictive drugs available. Congratulations to our deputies for removing this threat from our community."

Smith and Daniel are being held at the Florence County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

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