GREENWOOD, SC – The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office busted a large meth lab Tuesday night at the Relax Inn after receiving an anonymous tip that the drug was being sold out of the room. After setting up surveillance, they observed suspicious activity and knocked on the door. The suspects attempted to slam the door shut, but agents entered the room and observed a fully functioning meth lab.
Agents found three men in the room along with bottles containing biphasic solutions and lithium strips, which is known to be part of the methamphetamine manufacturing process. According to reports, two of the three individuals told agents that there were bottles inside that had been “cooking.” Lieutenant Jarvis Reeder of the Greenwood County Drug Enforcement Unit said it was one of the largest operations he had seen in some time. “These people were not there for just one night,” Reeder said. “There was a great potential for an explosion and further harm to the community.”
Agents confiscated numerous items used in the manufacture of methamphetamines after the Greenwood Combined Meth Lab Response Team arrived at the scene. These items included a Gatorade bottle containing a solution that tested positive for ephedrine, a clear plastic bottle that contained a sludge type material consisting of pill binders, a plastic Mountain Dew bottle containing a biphasic solution, a plastic drinking bottle with tubing coming from the top, five containers of iodized salt, two bottles of hydrogen peroxide, three bottles of Roebic Brand Crystal Drain Opener, a roll of aluminum foil, four empty boxes of cold medicine, a clear plastic bag of cold pack beads, a set of digital scales, coffee filters, and six clear mason jars with a white powder-like substance that tested positive for ephedrine and methamphetamines.
Lt. Reeder notified SLED to request a drug lab clean-up. Agents placed placards and crime scene tape around the room and in the office notifying people that hazardous chemicals had been at the site and not to trespass.
The three men found in the room were Nathan Ray Smyth, 29, of 108 Hilltop Avenue in Greenwood, Trevor Matthew Morgan, 19, of 604 Miller Road in Greenwood, and Gregory Lynn Tiller, 22, of 235 Florida Avenue in Greenwood. All three men have been charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamines, Improper Disposal of Methamphetamine Waste, and Altering Ephedrine.