North Myrtle Beach Public Safety officers arrested two men and a woman in connection with a meth lab uncovered Thursday on Handy Street.
On Friday, police charged Janine Kelly Stevens, 33, of Aynor with Manufacturing of Methamphetamine and Kevin Michael Huffman, 30, of North Myrtle Beach with Manufacturing of Methamphetamine, Disposal of Methamphetamine Waste, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Schedule IV- Flexural 2nd Offense, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Financial Identity Theft.
North Myrtle Beach police have also located another man believed to be involved in the meth lab. Christopher Michael Meehan, 26, of Royal Palm Beach, FL, is being held by another police agency and has been charged with Disposal of Methamphetamine Waste and Manufacturing of Methamphetamine.
Officers were led to the home by an anonymous tip. They, along with narcotics officers, began investigating and watching the home.
Police saw Stevens leaving the home in a car with stolen license plates, according to a release from the department.
Officers, along with K-9 units, stopped the car. The drug dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle and officers searched it, wrote city spokesman Pat Dowling.
"In the backseat of the car was a large brown box containing multiple precursors for the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The female suspect admitted that the male suspect now in custody had within the past week cooked methamphetamine in the residence at 1007 Handy Street," the release said. "She also said that the male suspect in custody and the unknown male suspect had a bottle ignite, and the unknown male suspect was badly burned. Apparently, this was the second time a fire had occurred unreported in the same residence within the past few months."
Then a detective spotted Huffman leaving the home. They say he consented to allow a search of the property.
Police say they found drugs, syringes and precursors for manufacturing methamphetamine in the house, the attic and throughout the woods beside the house. 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 FTC information, according to the release. Police say the man confessed to the criminal activity.
Several agencies, including a HAZ-MAT team, cleaned up the site.
Detective Paul Sheets described the lab as a "shake and bake," where people mix the drug's ingredients in bottles, then shake the bottles causing a reaction that cooks or "bakes" crystal meth.
A number of bottles were found in the woods behind the home.
Sheets wants people to be aware that the bottles can contain dangerous chemicals that can burn you or explode if touched. They'll often have a pink or white powdery tint to them.