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Two Kershaw County men are facing charges after deputies discovered a methamphetamine lab in an outbuilding in Lugoff.
Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested 40-year-old Edward Conant and 24-year-old Kenneth Miller after officers discovered a quantity of methamphetamine and a fully assembled methamphetamine lab in an outbuilding at 247 Cricket Hill Dr. in Lugoff, SC.
The report said for about a week Kershaw County narcotics investigators had been looking into the possibility that Conant and Miller were making methamphetamine at the Cricket Hill residence.
During the course of their investigation they also determined that Miller was wanted on an outstanding bench warrant for failure to appear on a DUS charge.
According to Sheriff Jim Matthews, on Monday investigators initiated surveillance on the residence anticipating that Conant and Miller were preparing to cook methamphetamine.
As investigators approached an outbuilding near the home, they encountered Miller and Conant who had been assembling the meth lab.
Conant gave officers permission to search the building, although the lab was in an open area and in plain view, Matthews added.
Deputies discovered the lab that had already been set up. They also found empty blister packs that had contained pseudoephedrine they had purchased from a local pharmacy, the report stated. The pseudoephedrine tablets had been removed and crushed in preparation for the manufacturing process.
Deputies say they also seized two firearms.
Matthew says Conant has previous arrests dating back to 1996. He has previously been arrested for DUS, fraudulent checks, marijuana possession and disorderly conduct.
Miller’s arrest record dates back to 2005 with arrests for vandalism, marijuana possession, traffic offenses, burglary, larceny, criminal domestic violence, weapons violations, trespassing, disorderly conduct and contempt of court.
Miller and Conant are both being charged with possession of methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine.
Conant is also being charged with simple possession of marijuana.
Both men were transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center and are awaiting a bond hearing.