Police searching for suspect in Otranto Rd. meth lab

Authorities investigating meth lab on Otranto Road

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - A warrant for manufacturing meth is being drawn for a North Charleston man, police say.

North Charleston Police were called to a home in the 2800 block of Otranto Rd. at approximately 2:50 a.m. to investigate a report that someone was breaking into the residence with a baseball bat. The suspect was identified as 34-year-old John Eric Phillips, also a resident of the home, and the son of the man who called police.

The father told police that he and his wife were sleeping when they were awakened by Phillips running around the house shouting and breaking things. The man said he grabbed his shotgun to keep Phillips away from him.

Police say the man told them Phillips had left the home before police arrived.

Police then searched the home, having received word from dispatch that an anonymous caller reported there was a meth lab in the residence, a police report states. Around the back of the residence, the responding officer reported smelling an odor. The suspect's mother opened what she told police was her son's room door and the officer reported spotting a cloud of smoke in the room and items commonly used in a meth lab were in plain view.

The report states that police then evacuated the couple and the woman's elderly mother from the home for their safety.

Police say they also found broken glass in the kitchen.

The North Charleston Fire Department arrived on scene and said there appeared to be an active meth lab inside, the report states. EMS and a hazmat crew were also on scene.

Anyone with information about Phillips' whereabouts should call Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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