ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Two men are behind bars after investigators discovered a meth lab at an Orangeburg home.
The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office arrested 46-year-old Richard Fleener and 25-year-old Timothy Lee Crummie who are both charged with disposal of meth waste.
The arrests stem from an investigation by the sheriff's office after receiving a tip on Tuesday from a concerned citizen about a meth lab being operated in a home off Cordova Road at a Lyons Road residence.
"It's calls from concerned community members such as this one that helps us make the county safer," the sheriff said. "We appreciate and encourage anyone who sees illegal activity such as this to call us immediately. This meth lab closure is the results of your calling."
When investigators arrived at the home they made contact with the homeowner, an 80-year-old man, who was moved to safety.
"Officers asked one of two men inside the home where his bedroom was located," sheriff's office officials say."The man pointed it out but explained the other subject was the meth cooker."
According to a report, multiple containers of chemicals known to make methamphetamine were located inside and around the home.
"At one point, the Orangeburg County officers called for a State Law Enforcement Division team to assist in cleaning up the volatile chemicals," officials said.
"This stuff is simply dangerous," Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. "It is harmful not only physically, but explosive and a danger for the environment."
A report by the sheriff's office states a narcotics team member asked the court to deny bond on Crummie citing an "apparent disregard" for the well-being of the 80-year-old home owner, the public, and the environment.
The officer said Crummie was out on probation for manufacturing meth at the time of his arrest.
Fleener was also charged with manufacturing meth first offense, while Crummie was charged with second-offense manufacturing meth.