3 arrested on meth charges outside Summerville pharmacy

Wayne Daniel Morley (left to right), Leigh Ellen Kuziak, and Charles Edwin Beebee

Summerville police made three arrests and confiscated a bottle containing a substance believed to be methamphetamine when a van and its occupants were searched early Monday outside a pharmacy.

The incident began with a 3:40 a.m. call concerning “suspicious activity” outside Walgreens at 1120 N. Main St., Summerville police Capt. Jon Rogers said.

Police questioned the suspects and brought in the Berkeley County metro narcotics unit, according to a police report.

Three Summerville residents were arrested: Charles Edwin Beebee, 33, of Boone Drive, Wayne Daniel Morley, 46, and Leigh Ellen Kuziak, 36, both of Larry Street, are all charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Beebee was also ticketed for possession of drug equipment, the report states.

The report states Morley and Beebee told police they were waiting for a woman who had gone into the store. According to the report, Morley, who was the driver of the car, seemed nervous and he “stuttered” when he was asked questions.

After being asked to step out of the car, the men seemed to be “continuously looking around, as if they were looking for an avenue of escape,” the report maintains.

When Kuziak came out of the store and walked to the car, police found her to be carrying two, 24-count boxes of pseudoephedrine, the report said. Pseudeoephedrine is a cold medicine authorities have stated is a main ingredient in meth making.

The report states all three suspects had trouble standing still, and Beebee and Kuziak continuously placed their hands in their pockets.

In Beebee’s pockets police said they found a glass smoking pipe, cut straws and a plastic bottle with a white powder residue. He told police the pants were not his, and belonged to a friend -- but was unable to tell police the friend’s name, the report said.

Inside the car, police found a package of burn-treatment cream, which an officer wrote that he recognized as an item used by meth makers to “relieve pain during the one-pot method” of manufacturing meth.

Also in the car was a black draw-string bag holding a Gatorade bottle, label removed, which the report said contained a yellowish liquid and a white powdery substance. Police said some of the contents “could be used to manufacture methamphetamine.”

The metro unit came to the scene, and brought a female deputy to search Kuziak and a drug-sniffing dog to examine the vehicle, the report said.

Reach Andrew Knapp at 937-5414 or twitter.com/offlede.

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Andrew Knapp is editor of the Quick Response Team, which covers crime, courts and breaking news. He previously worked as a reporter and copy editor at Florida Today, Newsday and Bangor (Maine) Daily News. He enjoys golf, weather and fatherhood.