Cops: Man was speeding to store to buy meth-making materials

Published: Apr. 22, 2013 at 7:24 PM EDT
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Matthew Woods (Source: CCDC)
Matthew Woods (Source: CCDC)

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A Virginia man is behind bars after police say he was caught speeding en route to Walmart, where he intended to buy Sudafed to make meth.

According to a Charleston police report, an officer pulled over 26-year-old Matthew Stephen Woods around 7:15 p.m. Sunday near Folly Road and Martello Drive after he was caught driving 75 miles per hour on the James Island Connector.

During the stop, a passenger in Woods' Honda Pilot told the officer he was nervous because there was a meth lab in the back seat of the SUV. Police said they then told Woods they knew he had meth-making materials in the SUV, at which point Woods admitted to having a glass pipe for smoking meth in the center console.

He also admitted to having a black canvas tool bag in the back seat containing meth making equipment and a black plastic bag containing muriatic acid in the rear cargo area.

Woods told police he was going to Walmart to obtain Sudafed so he could make meth.

Police recovered the following items from the car: Crystal drain opener, Coleman camp fuel, two lithium batteries, a CVS Instant Cold Patch, Tupperware containing ammonium nitrate pellets, plastic tubing, and muriatic acid.

Woods was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. He was granted a $30,000 bond during a hearing on Monday.

He is being held in the Charleston County Detention Center.

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