Conway woman sentenced to three years in prison for meth lab found in barn

troot@thesunnews.comApril 16, 2013 

— A Conway woman was sentenced to three years in prison after she pleaded guilty in connection with a methamphetamines lab being found in a barn late last year, according to court officials.

Lauren Ashley James, 26, of Conway pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamines and Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman sentenced her to three years in prison with credit for the time she served since being arrested on Dec. 5. James also must pay court costs.

She was among four people charged in connection with the meth lab being found inside a barn along Carroll Todd Road near Conway on Dec. 5. The property owner called Horry County police that day to report that there were people in his bulk barn.

When officers arrived they found James, Trevor Casey Giebell, 29, of Landrum; Stacey Elaine Grainger, 33, and Norman Harold Chestnut, 44, both of Conway inside the barn preparing products used to in the cooking of crystal methamphetamine, police said.

Chares are pending against Giebell, Grainger, and Chestnut, according to court records.

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