ROCK HILL — What authorities are calling York County's 12th methamphetamine lab this year was discovered in a patch of woods by a landowner checking his property on Wednesday.
At about 6 p.m., agents with the county's multi jurisdictional drug enforcement team found 17 gas containers, many of which tested positive for meth byproducts, in the woods off Ablewood Road in Rock Hill, said Marvin Brown, drug unit commander.
Ablewood Road is off Porter Road and runs parallel to Interstate 77.
The containers, Brown said, appeared to have been old and in the woods for a long period of time.
The lab technically was inactive, but the materials the landowner found on his property had all the makings of a meth-producing lab. A hazmat crew collected the chemicals.
"This lab was different from the others as it appears that a large amount of methamphetamine was manufactured at some point," Brown wrote in an email.
He said the lab resembled an anhydrous ammonia lab, a more traditional way of making meth with gas tanks.