A man and woman are in police custody and one man is sought in connection with a meth lab found near a home in North Myrtle Beach, said Pat Dowling, city spokesman.
Janine Kelly Stevens, 33, of Aynor, is charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Kevin Michael Huffman, 29, of North Myrtle Beach, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, disposal of methamphetamine waste, possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule IV-Flexural (second offense), possession of paraphernalia and financial identity theft.
Dowling said Christopher Michael Meehan, of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., is wanted on one count of manufacturing methamphetamine and was being held by another jurisdiction.
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North Myrtle Beach police went to a home at 1007 Handy Street on Thursday, Huffman’s address, acting on an anonymous tip, Dowling said.
A narcotic detective and officer set up surveillance on the home and saw Stevens leave the home in a car with a stolen license plate on it.
Police stopped the vehicle and used a K-9 to walk around the vehicle and it indicated that drugs were in the vehicle, Dowling said. Officers searched the vehicle and found a large brown box in the rear seat that contained “multiple precursors for the manufacturing of methamphetamines,” Dowling said.
Stevens told police that Huffman had cooked methamphetamine in the home within the past few weeks, Dowling said. She also said a bottle ignited on Huffman and Meehan, and that Meehan was badly burned.
It was the second time an unreported fire had occurred at the home within the past few weeks, Dowling said.
While police were obtaining a search warrant for the home, a detective saw Huffman leaving, so officers stopped him and took him into custody, Dowling said. Huffman allowed police to go into the home.
Once inside, officers said they found drugs, syringes and precursors for manufacturing methamphetamine in the house, the attic and throughout the woods beside the house, Dowling said. There was also evidence of financial identity theft throughout the residence in the form of names, credit card numbers, social security numbers, dates of birth, and other forms of credit fraud information, he said.
North Myrtle Beach police contacted the State Law Enforcement Division, officials with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit and a hazmat unit were called to clean up the site, Dowling said.
The investigation into the case continues.