York man charged after meth lab blast

12/04/2011 12:00 AM

12/04/2011 8:09 AM

A York man was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine after a meth lab exploded at his home, sending him to the hospital for treatment.

Carl Joseph Yelvington, 34, of 744 Rock Castle Drive in York, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine from the Nov. 23 incident, according to a release from York County's multijurisdictional drug task force.

On Nov. 23, a York County Sheriff's deputy responded to a call about suspicious fire at the residence southeast of York in a neighborhood off of McFarland Road.

Yelvington was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained when a meth lab in a shed in his backyard exploded, according to the Sheriff's Office. He was later arrested.

James Stout, Yelvington's neighbor, told Herald news partner WSOC-TV he was outraged that a meth lab exploded near where his children play.

"It was so loud it shook the house," Stout said.

York County has had 10 confirmed meth labs this year, said Capt. Marvin Brown, commander of the county's drug task force.

The number seems to be increasing, but slowly, he said. Last year there were six in York County, and four the year before.

The main ingredients in meth are pseudoephedrine, a common nasal decongestant, and household cleaners. All can be bought locally, he said.

Meth lab investigations and cleanups require dozens of emergency personnel and resources, Brown said.

South Carolina tracks the sale of pseudoephedrine through a SLED database, and the law limits the amount of the drug one person can buy, Brown said.

The penalties for cooking or selling meth are harsh. The charges carry up to 15 years for a first offense.

Yelvington is being held at Moss Justice Center in York without bond.

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