3 children removed from home with 'active meth lab'

Autumn Faye Dudrey

Three children were found Wednesday to be living among the vials and chemicals of an “active meth lab” inside their Moncks Corner home.

The children, described only as “small,” were taken into the custody of S.C. Department of Social Services after welfare workers and a deputy checked on the residence around 6:30 p.m.

Their mother, 27-year-old Autumn Faye Dudrey, and two men — 25-year-old Alan Lane Smith and 24-year-old John Glenn Knight II — were arrested. They each face a charge of manufacturing methamphetamines and three counts of child endangerment.

Dan Moon, spokesman for the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, said the lab was found in a mobile home at 749 Kuffel Lane, where the three adults and three children lived. A DSS worker and a deputy discovered the operation during a welfare check on the children.

“They were cooking meth at the moment,” Moon said. “Other than needing to be decontaminated, I think (the children) were OK.”

It was the second meth lab found in Berkeley County in a week.

On Jan. 18, deputies serving an arrest warrant found a meth-making operation in a mobile home at 111 Coveney Court near Summerville. A woman and two men also were arrested in the case, which did not involved children.