Two Hodges residents face drug charges
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 11:40 AM
Two Hodges residents were arrested during the weekend after deputies found traces of a meth lab in a trash can.
Constance Brook Raines, 43, and Charles William Johnson III, 43, both of 4822 U.S. Highway 25 N, were arrested Sunday afternoon, and both were initially charged with possession of methamphetamine in connection with the incident.
Greenwood County court records indicated Johnson was subsequently booked on counts of possession of ephedrine in an altered state, improper disposal of meth waste and manufacturing meth, and his bond was set Monday at $28,000.
Raines was released on a personal recognizance bond Monday, court records showed.
According to a Greenwood County incident report, an anonymous caller told authorities there was a duffel bag containing illegal drugs located in a trash bin at the suspect's residence Sunday. Officers responded and located the bag, which contained several items commonly used to cook meth. The items field tested positive as having residue of the drug on them.
Narcotics agents then began questioning the suspects about the finding and noted the pair began acting extremely nervous. Agents searched a residence and found a white coffee filter containing a small amount of meth, as well as several pills inside.
Both suspects initially denied having any knowledge of the drugs found on the premises. While en route to the Greenwood County Detention Center, the male suspect told officers he did have meth making items in a barrel at the rear of the residence. The anonymous tipster indicated they removed the bag from the barrel before officers arrived and placed in the trash bin where they located it.