South Carolina: Officers find meth lab in Gaston
South Carolina: The Lexington County Sheriff's Department confirms they have discovered a meth lab in Gaston. Sheriff James Metts says four arrests have been made so far.
Major John Allard with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department says the lab has been discovered off Transom Court near Mack Street.
Metts says they've been working undercover about six months in order to bust the lab in an investigation conducted by NET and the Gaston Police Department. Friday they got the search warrant, and Sheriff Metts says when they entered the home the fumes were so bad that it backed them out of the home.
In the home, they found a bathtub filled with a red phosphorus-based liquid as well as small quantities of meth.
Red phosphorus is a highly toxic and flammable chemical that easily can cause an explosion.
It was the largest red phosphorus-based methamphetamine laboratory ever found in Lexington County.
The warning signs of meth labs include a strong chemical odor, metal chemical containers that are shaped in the form of a cylinder, large quantities of over-the-counter cold medications, lithium batteries, engine-starting fluid, paint thinner and glass containers, such as large pickle jars, that contain a clear liquid.