Deputy serving civil papers, discovers meth lab at Summerville home

Investigators bust meth lab at Summerville home

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a meth lab was discovered after a deputy who was serving civil papers detected a strong chemical odor coming from a Summerville home.

The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office has charged 46-year-old Rusty Norris with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine.

On Tuesday afternoon, a deputy responded to 1007 Miles Road to serve an order of detention to a female subject that resides at the home. When the deputy arrived, he reported smelling an "overwhelming" chemical odor coming from the house.

The female subject was taken into custody and taken to the hospital for evaluation. Norris was also taken into custody.

A report states because of the smell and items that were located, a search warrant was obtained and the house was searched.

According to detectives, authorities located several items which were being used to manufacture meth.

Neighbors say they were surprised when they found out a meth lab was in their neighborhood.

"I'd probably have a heart attack. It's almost to my house now," said a neighbor, "I'm scared to death, scared it might blow up. So I don't know what to do, stay home tonight or what."

Hazmat crews and the fire department also responded to the incident. No evacuations were called.

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