NEWBERRY — Several arrests have been made and an area in the West End community was evacuated after local law enforcement raided a home around 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
The Newberry Police Department, Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and State Law Enforcement Division executed a search warrant at a residence at 514 Floyd St. in the City of Newberry Thursday morning.
Newberry Police Captain Kevin Atkins said the search warrant was related to “an on-going criminal investigation into the manufacture of methamphetamine that was taking place inside the residence.”
When officers entered they were able to take three suspects into custody after they located an active meth cooking operation in the home.
Carol A. Hannah, 51, and Earnest E. Hannah, 46, both of 514 Floyd St., Newberry, and Charles R. Wilson, 21, of 2733 Collinswood Drive, Newberry, were arrest and police are charging them with manufacturing methamphetamine and criminal conspiracy.
Earnest Hannah was convicted of manufacturing meth in 2009.
“This arrest proves that no community in South Carolina can avoid being affected by this epidemic and that methamphetamine production and usage can take place anywhere in our state,” said Atkins.
Officers closed Floyd Street between Charles and Crosson streets while the clean-up takes place and and those in the area were asked to leave.
The Newberry County Haz Mat team responded along with the Newberry Fire Department. A private company was called to the scene to handle the bulk of the decontamination process.
The local fire department and haz mat crews decontaminated those that were in the house before they were transported to the Newberry County Detention Center.
Atkins said he thanks all the agencies and officers who help with the case and asked the community to continue to aid and assist law enforcement with cases like this.
“Law enforcement cannot do it alone and we need everyone’s continued support in removing drugs from our community,” said Atkins.