Meth lab bust has Summerville neighbors worried about children

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office busted a meth lab in Summerville on Tuesday and the lab bust has neighbors in the Calomet Valley area talking and worrying.

The neighborhood is off Dorchester Road and some neighbors are especially worried because the area is filled with children.

"It makes me very nervous, especially with my daughter," said resident Jennifer Hutson.

Hutson brings her daughter to her mother's house every day to watch the 10-year-old girl while she is at work. When Hutson came to pick her up, she got quite a surprise as police initiated a meth bust at the house next door, a place where she says she never saw anything unusual.

"You never would've suspected because you've never really seen anything that may have triggered that says 'that doesn't look right, we should call the cops,' " Hutson said.

Neighbors say Dorchester County sheriff's deputies started arriving at the house in the Calomet Valley area around 10 a.m. Tuesday, blocking the area with yellow tape.

Amy Hernandez also lives in the neighborhood and says she'll think twice before she lets her kids ride their bikes by themselves again.

"My kids ride up and down the street every day, playing, Hernandez said. "With the fumes, what are they subject to?"

Major John Garrison with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office says deputies initially went to the house to do a welfare check on some children who live there. Once inside, they say they found evidence meth was being made inside.

Neighbors say not only are they worried for those children in the house, but also for their own.

Garrison says it took almost all day to clear the scene because of the hot weather. Investigators can only work for a few minutes at a time around the chemicals.

Garrison says the scene was finally cleared around 8:30 p.m. More information is expected to be released Wednesday after the suspects have been formally charged.

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