HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Police responded to a Plantation Apartments in Horry County after a call about "strange noises" and kerosene-type fumes coming from a unit came in, and witnesses saw what appeared to be injured people leaving the location.
The call came in at about 4:54 a.m. Wednesday, and the caller told police they thought meth was being produced there, according to information from Horry County Police. The complex is located off Rittenhouse Road, which is directly across from Socastee High School off S.C. 707.
Horry County Police Lt. Brandon Strickland said officers responded to one of the apartments after a call came in of a commotion. No one was home at the time, but some type of incident had occurred inside, he added. A fire was not found in the home, Strickland said.
Arriving officers found evidence that someone had been injured. Lt. Peter Cestare, with HCDP's crime scene investigations division, said there were scorch marks in the bathroom when officers arrived, as well as some blood in the apartment.
The department's clandestine meth lab investigators cleared the residence for hazardous materials, and found what are believed to be precursors for meth production.
Two injured men were later found at local hospitals, and were identified as the men leaving the apartment, HCPD official Lt. Raul Denis stated. Both men are still in hospitals receiving medical attention, and their conditions are not known.
The case is still being investigated for possible criminal charges, Lt. Denis added.
The initial call came in shortly before 5:30 a.m., Wednesday.