2 held on meth charges

Drayton Street in Ravenel is closed as authorities investigate a possible meth lab. Christina Elmore/Staff

Ravenel — Outstanding warrants caused Charleston County authorities to set their sights on a home Wednesday morning.

But a simple arrest turned into a multi-agency operation that shut a street down for hours after the investigators received a tip that the suspect’s home was being used as a meth lab.

Joseph Oscar Chaplain III, 32, of 5803 Drayton St., was charged manufacturing methamphetamine, according to Charleston sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady. Chaplain was wanted on outstanding warrants for kidnapping and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature related to an Aug. 29 incident, Brady said.

A second man who lives at the address, Kenneth Wayne Ott, 44, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a violent felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a stolen firearm.

Deputies found a stolen Hi-Point .45-caliber handgun at the house, and trace amounts of meth, Brady said.

The large contingent of law enforcement seemed out of place in the otherwise quiet, wooded area surrounding the house.

SWAT and narcotics units arrived at the house about 6 a.m., evacuated the area and closed the road to traffic until the scene was cleared about 2 p.m., Brady said.

Ronald Prioleau, who has lived in a nearby home since 1993, woke early Wednesday to mow his lawn before the heat of the day.

Another neighbor attempted to go for a jog that morning, but was turned around at Drayton. There was no getting through.

Both were shocked to see the scene unfolding in the community.

“You don’t see that type of thing around here,” Prioleau said. “Most of the people around here are older people. If there is drug trafficking, I’ve never seen it.”

Bond hearings for Chaplin and Ott are set for 9 a.m. today.

Dave Munday contributed to this report.