Investigators find mobile meth lab following traffic stop

Published: Apr. 26, 2013 at 7:03 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM EDT
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Michael R. Cherry and Victoria Kay Craver
Michael R. Cherry and Victoria Kay Craver

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Two people are behind bars after police discovered a mobile meth lab in a truck in Summerville early Friday morning.

The Summerville Police Department charged 19-year-old Victoria Kay Craver of Goose Creek and 49-year-old Michael R. Cherry of Summerville with manufacturing methamphetamine and disposal of methamphetamine waste.

Around 12:58 a.m. on Friday, an officer on patrol on Boone Hill Road, saw a truck fail to come to a stop as the vehicle was leaving Somerset Apartments.

The officer then pulled the truck over after observing one of the truck's tail lights was broken. According to police, the truck failed to pull over at three locations, and finally came to a stop on Boone Hill Road before Oakdale Drive.

When the officer asked Craver, who was driving the truck, where she was going, she said she was moving to Goose Creek.

The officer reported that Craver had suspicious behavior, was "white knuckling" the steering wheel and never looked at Cherry, the passenger in the vehicle.

A check of Craver's driver license showed it had been suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets. The responding officer said Craver began to act in a "manic manner" as she was explaining why her driver's license was suspended.

After receiving consent to search the truck, a K-9 alerted authorities to multiple areas of the truck.

Authorities say they found several packs of psuedoefederine, small clear plastic bags with a white powdery residue, a propane camping burner and a propane can in Craver's bags.

A police report states officers also found items in the rear of the truck that are used for the production of methamphetamine.

After Craver and Cherry were taken into custody, an officer also located a clear plastic bottle with a pink substance and several dark pellets which investigators commonly refer to as a "one pot method" for producing meth.

Once the bottle was located, authorities moved to a safer locations as a narcotics crew responded to the incident.

Craver was transported to a hospital after authorities say she began to experience a shortness of breath in the back of a patrol car. After Craver was cleared, she and Cherry were transported to jail.

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