Deputies identify 4 charged after meth lab found in SUV

Nadeau, Grooms, Fields, and Duff (Source: DCSO)
Nadeau, Grooms, Fields, and Duff (Source: DCSO)

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office has identified the four suspects arrested Wednesday morning after investigators said they found a "one pot method" for making meth inside a SUV.

According to an incident report, deputies noticed passengers inside a Chevrolet Equinox looking in their direction and "acting nervous" as their SUV pulled away from fuel pumps at the Kangaroo station located at the corner of Central Avenue and Orangeburg Road.

Deputies said they also noticed a go-kart frame loosely attached to the roof of the SUV.

Deputies then stopped the vehicle and interviewed 28-year-old Ashlei Duff, 29-year-old Harold Grooms, and 33-year-old Michelle Fields, and immediately heard some conflicting stories regarding where they had been, the report states.

Deputies said they asked to search the vehicle, and the owner, 28-year-old Ashlei Duff, consented. During a subsequent search of the Equinox, deputies a small "carry bag" in the rear vehicle's rear which contained a Pepsi bottle filled with liquid and small white pellets.

A short time later, drug investigators arrived on scene and identified the bottle as a "one pot method" for manufacturing methamphetamines. Hazmat crews were called to the scene to process the material.

Deputies also searched the driver, 18-year-old Chad Nadeau, and found a small white plastic baggie containing a white powder inside his shoe, the report states. Deputies also said they found a white pen case with a melted end, "similar to that of equipment used in the consumption of illegal narcotics."

All four suspects were taken to the Dochester County Detention Center Annex.

They are all charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine near a school.

Nadeau and Grooms were also charged with possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine or cocaine base. Nadeau was also cited for littering.

During a court hearing, Fields and Grooms were granted $40,000 bonds while Duff was granted a $20,000 bond.

Nadeau was given a bond of $40,515.

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