Lancaster Co. deputies find 3 meth labs, endangered children

LANCASTER COUNTY, SC - Deputies said a Drug Task Force found three Lancaster County meth labs and endangered children in three days.

Deputies with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office said four children were found at two of the scenes and were exposed to the chemicals used to make methamphetamine.

Authorities said they searched the home of Thomas Franklin Wright last week on Douglas Heights Road and charged him with manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste.

Tosha Bryson, Wright's girlfriend lives at the residence, and was arrested and charged.

Wright's mother told WBTV she was letting her son live in a house on her property after he lost his job. She says she wasn't aware of what her son and Bryson were doing until authorities arrived.

Last Wednesday, during a second narcotics investigation around 2:00 p.m. the drug task force searched the home of William Edward Holley, Jr on Thornwell Road. Deputies said  they found several items consistent with making methamphetamine, two fire arms, and three children inside.

Deputies arrested and charged Holley with manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste, and child endangerment. Deputies said DSS agents responded and were advised on the situation regarding the children.

A few hours after the Wednesday arrest, investigators said they found a second meth lab on Thornwell Road.

Authorities spoke with Carla Killough and Steven Scott Mathis who had been suspected in the past of providing pseudoephedrine to local methamphetamine cooks as well as making their own meth.

Deputies said they search Mathis and Killough's home and found several items used to make meth and seven firearms. Authorities said Killough's 10-year-old daughter was home where the meth cook was discovered.

Deputies said the 10-year-old girl was taken out of the home and turned over to her grandparents.

Mathis and Killough were both charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, altering pseudoephedrine, and child endangerment.  Killough was also charged with possession of narcotics.

Sheriff Faile said, "Thanks to the hard work by our Drug Task Force Agents, we have more meth cooks off of the street and into jail where they belong.  The fact that three separate meth labs were located in such a short time just illustrates how widespread this problem is."

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