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4 arrested, 3 agents exposed to hazardous gas during meth lab bust

Image of the four suspects and a photo from the scene. Source: DCSO Image of the four suspects and a photo from the scene. Source: DCSO
Source: DCSO Source: DCSO

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Four people were arrested and three agents were exposed to hazardous gases during a meth lab bust on Candy Lane in Darlington County on Thursday, according to a news release from the county sheriff’s office.

The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop in the 2000 block of Bonnie Drive, and found the makings of a methamphetamine lab inside the vehicle, the release states. The unit gained information from a traffic stop that additional methamphetamine was located at a residence on Candy Lane.

The homeowner provided consent to search, and as agents approached, they saw a man flee towards the back of the home, the release states. Agents entered the home to apprehend the man and prevent him from disposing of evidence. The man was found inside the bathroom, trying to dispose of ingredients of a meth lab.

After a brief struggle, the man was subdued and taken from the residence, the release states. During the incident, the suspect and three Darlington County Drug Enforcement agents were exposed to hazardous gases and received medical treatment at a local hospital. The agents were treated and released.

Four people were arrested by DCSO:

-Heather Elaine Mauk, a 30 year old white female of Candy Lane, Darlington, was charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Disposal of Methamphetamine Waste.

-Joseph Andrew Lockamy, a 37 year old white male of Wire Road, Darlington, was charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine.

-Johnny Ray Boan, II, a 22 year old white male of Sally Hill Road, Timmonsville, was charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Disposal of Methamphetamine Waste.

-Michael Christopher Owens, a 31 year old white male of Little Creek Road, Effingham, was charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine.

The DCSO states this is an ongoing investigation and additional charges are forthcoming.

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