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Meth labs on rise, but Horry County sees few meth cases

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CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Police have a man in custody after locating an active meth lab in a tent in Conway Saturday night, according to Conway Police spokesperson Catina Hipp.

Hipp says the active meth lab was found in a tent about 100 yards down a powerline near the intersection of Lakeside Drive and Sherwood Drive.

Thomas Patrick Shiels has been charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Illegal Disposal of Methamphetamine Waste in connection with Saturday's incident.

Officials do not believe he was making the meth with intent to distribute, but that he wanted it for his own use. The DEU refers to this method as a shake-and-bake meth lab. The arrest wraps up an investigation that lasted around a week and a half.

"In Horry County, we've seen a sharp increase in shake-and-bake meth labs," said 15th Circuit DEU Deputy Commander Dean Bishop.

Despite this surge in labs, 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson says meth doesn't have a grip in Horry County like it does in some other areas. Even so, he says his office goes after those involved in meth operations aggressively, because of the damage the drug does.

"Only about 6% of meth users ever get rehabilitated," he said.

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