LANCASTER — Five people were arrested Monday after drug agents found a methamphetamine lab in the woods near Starcliff Circle in Lancaster.
Drug Task Force agents with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office received a tip about a "suspicious purchase" of pseudoephedrine, which is a precursor of methamphetamine, according to a sheriff's office news release.
Investigators then conducted a traffic stop on Starcliff Circle and found a mason jar containing a small amount of meth. That traffic stop led to the discovery of a recently used methamphetamine lab in the wooded area nearby, the release states.
A hazardous materials clean-up crew responded and disposed of the lab.
Trevor Griffin, Kristopher Rumsey, and Joshua Boyd, all of Lancaster, were arrested along with Tony Minihane of Heath Springs and Nicole Edwards of Rock Hill. They were all charged with possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine production waste.
"I am thankful for the hard work of our drug task force agents. We have seen an increase in methamphetamine activity lately and we are glad to get people who are cooking the drug off the streets," Sheriff Barry Faile said in a prepared statement.