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Meth lab busted, couple arrested in Landrum

Published 5:04pm Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office busted a methamphetamine lab in Landrum and has a Blackstock Road couple in custody.

Joseph Carlton Johnson

Joseph Carlton Johnson, 26, of 1526 Blackstock Road, Landrum was arrested and charged with possession of weapon during violent crime, simple possession of marijuana/hash (first offense) and trafficking methamphetamine/cocaine base greater than 10 grams (first offense), according to sheriff office reports.
Kristen Michelle Medlock, 28, of 1526 Blackstock Road, Landrum was also arrested and charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime, simple possession of marijuana/hash (first offense) and trafficking methamphetamine/cocaine base greater than 10 grams (first offense), according to sheriff office reports.
At approximately 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, a sheriff’s officer was dispatched to the Blackstock Road residence following a complaint. There had been reports that propane bottles, batteries, pseudoephedrine, bottles with tubing and what was believed to be marijuana were seen in the home, according to the police report.
While officers were on the scene, a Toyota pickup truck pulled into the driveway and turned around, so officers initiated a traffic stop and gained consent to search the residence. The officers found a gun located in the glove box, according to the report.
Found outside the home was a burn pile that included lithium batteries, burnt pseudoephedrine boxes, burnt drink bottles and coffee filters, the report states.
“I recognized these items from training and experience as items consistent with the illegal production of methamphetamine,” states the narcotics officer, who cannot be named, in the police narrative.
Several items commonly used to make methamphetamine were located in several rooms of the home, including bottles with pink or white residue, Coleman fuel containers, bottles with white crystal substance inside and tubing, box of salt, white pills, lithium batteries, pseudoephedrine boxes as well as other chemicals common to make methamphetamine. Officers also found a handwritten note on a coffee filter about methamphetamine production material, according to the police report.

Kristen Michelle Medlock

“From my training and experience, I recognized these items as consistent with those associated with the illegal production of methamphetamine commonly known as the ‘shake and bake’ method,” states the report.
A rifle and a shotgun were also located inside the home, according to the report.
The sheriff’s office contacted the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division for clean-up purposes, with Advanced Environmental Options, Inc. responding to the scene for clean up and removal.
Johnson and Medlock each received $20,000 bonds and as of Wednesday afternoon were still being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

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