Report: Man driving erratically leads to mobile meth lab investigation

Report: Man driving erratically leads to mobile meth lab investigation

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A traffic stop for DUI led to the closure of a Georgetown County road after deputies found evidence of a possible mobile meth lab in a car on Wednesday.

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office charged 70-year--old William Danny Carpenter of Newberry with possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence.

Just before noon, a deputy reported stopping Carpenter on Pleasant Hill Drive in the area of the IP Canal due to his "erratic driving."

When the deputy made contact with Carpenter, the deputy suspected Carpenter to be under the influence of an unknown substance, and after preforming tests, Carpenter was arrested for DUI.

"During the sheriff's deputy's investigation, it was found Carpenter was under the influence of methamphetamine," GCSO officials say."With knowing this information and during the inspection of the vehicle, some foreign substances and objects were discovered which raised the sheriff's deputy's suspicion to the possibility of a mobile meth lab."

Authorities say the vehicle was secured, and Pleasant Hill Drive in the area of the traffic stop was closed as a safety precaution.

The Georgetown County Fire Department, Georgetown County EMS and the 15th Judicial Circuit Tactical Meth Enforcement Team were called to the scene.

According to the sheriff's office, following an investigation, it was determined the vehicle was not a mobile meth lab but methamphetamine along with drug paraphernalia and other controlled substances were discovered in the vehicle.

Carpenter was locked up at the Georgetown County Detention Center.

Copyright 2015 WCSC. All rights reserved.