CHESTER, SC - CHESTER, SC (WBTV) - Three children were found in a house suspected of being a meth lab late Monday afternoon, Chester County authorities said.
The children were found in a trailer in Chester County and have since been taken into emergency protective custody. Two adults have been charged with drug and child neglect crimes, Chester County Sheriff's officials said.
Danielle Lea Whitehead and Christopher Lynn Whitehead were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, exposing a child to methamphetamine, and simple possession of marijuana, Chester County officials said.
The incident was discovered on late Monday afternoon when drug agents with the sheriff's office saw a red Ford Explorer speeding on J.A. Cochran Bypass, the sheriff's office said in a press release.
The SUV was stopped and agents spoke with the driver, Ms. Whitehead. Agents then searched the Ford and recovered "a large quantity of batteries and a pack of Sudafed, which are key ingredients in manufacturing methamphetamine," sheriff's officials said.
Officers then searched a house in the 1100 block of Simple Farm Road and discovered drug paraphernalia and marijuana wrapped in plastic in a bedroom drawer. They also saw stacks of dirty dishes with decaying food in some bowls, piles of soiled clothes throughout the trailer and a "large quantity" of prescription bottles with partial and torn labels throughout the trailer.
The three children shared a very small room in which they slept, sheriff's officials said.
SLED assisted in the investigation and the clean up of the meth lab, Chester County officials said.