Meth lab found in Myrtle Beach, three arrested

troot@thesunnews.com, akelley@thesunnews.comNovember 26, 2012 

— Police arrested three people after authorities found a meth lab inside an apartment on Fourth Avenue North in Myrtle Beach and closed a section of that street while investigating it, according to officials.

Emergency crews were called about 1:30 p.m. Monday to the apartment on the 600 block of Fourth Avenue North, Horry County authorities said.

Fourth Avenue was closed from North Myrtle Street and Oak Street while emergency crews were at the scene, but the road was reopened by 3 p.m.

Myrtle Beach police and fire were at the scene assisting members of the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit which had received a tip about the lab, Knipes said.

Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said three men were being held at the Myrtle Beach Jail, but no charges had been filed by late Monday. The Sun News does not identify suspects until formal charges have been filed.

Bill Gergosky owns the building on Fourth Avenue North where Horry County officials went Monday afternoon. One of the three people arrested was Gergosky’s tenant and had been living there between six and eight months, he said.

Gergosky owns several properties including the one on Fourth Avenue North which is divided into six apartments. He said he’s never had an issue like this and immediately started eviction paperwork.

“I try to make sure I screen the tenants,” he said. “Sometimes it’s impossible. Things happen every day. You judge people’s character when you meet them. Sometimes things go awry, sometimes peoples circumstances change and they turn to illicit things.”

Other tenants in the building didn’t seem too afraid, he said, though some weren’t home and may not even know police were investigating.

“The ones I spoke with aren’t worried,” Gergosky said. “There’s a little bit of concern there, [but] I think it’s more disbelief than worry to think that something like that was going on so close.”

Local authorities had to wait for officials with the State Law Enforcement Division to arrive and dispose of the chemicals, Knipes said.

The yellow façade building, which contained several apartments, was evacuated during the incident. Police tape was used to rope off a secure area around the building.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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