DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - An active meth lab has been seized by Darlington County Sheriff's Office authorities, after a tip led deputies to a home on Riverview Road.
The investigation began Tuesday, when officials received a call to check on a child and the possibility of a meth lab, Sheriff Wayne Byrd confirmed. After an initial welfare check, his office spent the next 24 hours collecting more evidence.
The DCSO hit the home a second time Wednesday night, bringing two people into custody from the Riverview Road residence.
James Bryce Futrell, 26, and Lauren Elizabeth Timmons, 26, were arrested and charged with the possession of a controlled substance. On Thursday, records show the pair was charged with manufacturing meth and unlawful neglect, according to Sheriff Byrd.
The Sheriff said deputies found meth within the home, as well as the precursors and leftovers of manufacturing meth. He explained this often happens with people addicted to the substance.
"To support their habit, they begin to make meth. Once they start to make it, they make enough that they can use, and enough to sell to be able to afford to make more meth," explained Sheriff Byrd.
It is a vicious cycle the Sheriff wants to break in his county.
"We would rate meth as second to prescription drugs as a problem in our county," he said. It is a disturbing trend law enforcement is seeing across the country.
Futrell and Timmons were released on a surety bond Thursday.
Bond was set at $35,000 for James Futrell; Lauren Timmons' bond was set at $29,000.
The child was taken into the custody of child services, but is now with a relative, according to Sheriff Byrd.
"If the child went back to that location, the child could be in danger," Sheriff Byrd said. "You think of a small child, their tendency to put things in their mouth, to taste things, that is not a good environment to have a child in."
Sheriff Byrd explained the child will go through medical screening to make sure the child does not suffer any health problems associated with the meth lab.