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Charges made in NMB "shake and bake" meth lab

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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Two charges have been made in the investigation of a meth lab in North Myrtle Beach.

After receiving a tip from a concerned resident, officers with the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety found a "shake and bake" meth lab. Friday, they charged two suspects.

Janine Kelly Stevens, from Aynor, has been charged with Manufacturing of Methamphetamine.

Kevin Michael Huffman, of NMB, has been charged with the same. In addition, Huffman has been charged with disposal and possession of Methamphetamine, along with Financial Identity Theft.

A third suspect has been located, Christopher Michael Meehan, of Royal Palm Beach, Florida. Meehan is currently being held by another jurisdiction for Manufacturing of Methamphetamine. His pending charges in NMB include Disposal of Methamphetamine Waste.

Police were called to the area of Handy Street, and after searching the home in question found what appeared to be a working meth lab.

Neighbors nearby, like Carla Makela, say they had suspicions something strange or possibly illegal was going on at the home.

"We've all talked at different points that we had a gut feeling there was something wrong going on just because of the number of cars constantly going in and out," Makela says.

Al Jaccard lives next door to home police are investigating, and says he saw what he believes was a person injured while trying to create the drug.

"Those bottles were laying all over the place and some of them exploded," Jaccard says.  "We saw one kid get burned both arms and his face, that thing blew up on him."

HAZMAT crews were dispatched to the home, and though no meth was found, one man was taken into custody.

City spokesman Pat Dowling adds that the crews did find residue from previous drug production.

A Meth Recovery Response Unit arrived on scene around 3:30 Thursday to collect the materials discovered at the home.  North Myrtle Beach Investigators say some of the materials were found in a retention behind the home.

Makela says she will be paying extra attention to her surroundings after this incident.

"[we'll be] taking extra precautions, locking things up, just making sure we're keeping things more secure," Makela says.

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