The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, made their largest ‘one-pot’ meth lab seizure of the year recently – that bust was made through information which was generated with the assistance of the Piedmont Police Department.
Last Tuesday Corporal Shannon Kelly contacted the Cherokee County Narcotics Unit with information on the lab and with Sheriff’s Office Investigators responded to the location at 4165 Highway 278, at approximately 2:00 that afternoon.
After receiving consent to search the property authorities quickly found the working meth lab on the premises – they then placed two individuals under arrest at the scene, with both 32 year old Timothy Lee Lockridge and 35 year old Melissa Hamilton Lockridge, being charged with Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (meth) and the Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (meth).
The scene was processed until around 9:00 that night – with the lab waste products being cleaned-up by One-Stop Environmental.
Sheriff Jeff Shaver, said that these were some of the first arrests to have been made under the ‘Cherokee County Drug Enhancement Program’ – funded through a $300,000 Federal Grant Allocation, via the newly-established Recovery Act by the Department of Justice.