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North Myrtle Beach police investigate possible meth lab

A possible “shake and bake” meth lab is still under investigation in North Myrtle Beach neighborhood, according to city spokesman Pat Dowling.

A hazardous materials team went to the house about 12:30 p.m. Thursday and searched for chemicals used in the production of methamphetamines, said Pat Dowling, city spokesman. Meth or its products were not found in the house, but residue from “apparent previous production” was found outside the home at 1007 Handy Street which is in a neighborhood near the Intracoastal Waterway off Sixth Avenue South in the city limits.

No charges had been filed in the incident as of 2 p.m. Thursday, police said.

But, two people were in custody and the suspected drugs were found in bushes that separated the home at the end of Handy Street from a retention pond, Detective Paul Sheets said.

Al Jaccard lives next door to the home and said he could smell something funny, but wasn’t sure what it was. He said it stunk of sulfur.

“We had a feeling that something was going on,” he said. “They’d be up all night.”

Jaccard said he’s happy it’s under investigation, but the possibility of a meth lab next door didn’t make him nervous.

“I put two years in the National Guard, I put two years into World War II, I was called back into the Korean War,” he said. “Nothing makes me nervous anymore. I’ve been through it all.”

Jaccard even worked for the New York Fire Department where he saw similar incidents as a first responder.

The items suspected in the making of meth included some plastic soda bottles which had been spread out on a blue tarp by the police, and authorities said it looked like trash or recycling lying in the bushes.

That made a dangerous situation, Sheets said, because someone could’ve picked up the bottles thinking it was just litter. There’s potential of touching the drug residue, or even the bottle exploding, Sheets said.

It appeared to be a backyard operation and nothing was found inside the home, he said.

The identities of the two people in police custody and how they may be connected to the house or that neighborhood had not been released by police.

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