FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Authorities have arrested three people after investigating a meth lab in the Florence area, according to Florence County Sheriff's Captain Mike Nunn.
The three people arrested were: 36-year-old Cherry Worley, 36-year-old Benjamin Turbeville, and 58-year-old Vicky Moore, all from Florence. Each was charged with possession of methamphetamine and manufacture of methamphetamine, first offense, according to a release from FCSO.
The sheriff's office responded to Willow Drive, right behind Delmae Elementary School, Wednesday night. Specially-trained Narcotics Investigators with the FCSO discovered the operational methamphetamine laboratory after acting on citizen complaints.
Multiple first responders were in the area, and residents in the nearby apartment complex had been evacuated. The operation had produced a small quantity of meth, which was found along with the necessary chemicals to produce the illegal substance.
"In addition to its highly addictive and destructive effects on the human body, the manufacture of methamphetamine involves a process which produces deadly gasses which are highly susceptible to fire and explosion," stated Captain Nunn. "The process also creates an environmental hazard which must be properly remediated."
Bond was set for each suspect at $10,000 each. At this point, they are all still being held at the Florence County Detention Center.