Rhonda Epting
Rhonda Epting
Two women were arrested late Tuesday night after authorities found drug paraphernalia in a vehicle in Hodges.
Rhonda Epting, 51, of 418 Andrews Chapel Road, Hodges, and Ashley Redrick, 26, of 149 Flymm Smith Road, Waterloo, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine in connection with the incident.
A South Carolina Transport Police officer spotted the suspects traveling suspiciously along Gary Road in Hodges about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday. The officer saw the vehicle pull over to the side of the road and park.
According to a Greenwood County incident report, the state transport officer went to assist the two suspects, who said they ran out of gas. He alerted a Greenwood County deputy after noticing a syringe lying on top of one of the women's purse on the front seat.
When asked about the syringe, the Hodges woman told officers she used it to take medication and said there was nothing illegal in her car. Officers found two metal spoons and several used syringes in the woman's purse.
Officers then searched the trunk and found a bag there that contained several items commonly used to make meth. There was also a white residue that field tested positive for the drug.
The Hodges suspect said the items must have belonged to her husband, who she said left to ask a nearby residence for gas. The woman tried to call her husband several times, but he never answered those calls.