SUMMERVILLE -- Deputies who entered a mobile home to serve a bench warrant on Wednesday summoned a HazMat team after noticing what apparently was a large methamphetamine-making operation, authorities said.
Two men and a woman were arrested by Berkeley County sheriff's deputies who went to 111 Coveney Court, in the Sangaree area, at about 3 p.m., sheriff's spokesman Dan Moon said. Deputies and firefighters, some in white protective suits, were still carefully removing cooking gear and potentially volatile chemicals from the home after dark Wednesday.
Moon said Brian Travelstead, 42; Joseph Byrd, 57; and Kentlee Larsson, 26, all believed to be residing at 111 Coveney, are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Byrd is also charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
All three were taken to the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner.
Moon said deputies came to the mobile home to find Travelstead and serve him with two General Sessions Court bench warrants and a warrant for a probation violation. Deputies found and arrested him, and while in the home noticed what they concluded were materials used in a meth lab.
"The lab was not active but it recently had been," Moon said. "It hadn't been that long," he added.
He said the meth-making operation is believed by investigators to be the type called a "red phosphorous lab." Phosphorus is used in the making of match heads and can burst into flames or explode.
According to a web page on meth making, lye, phosphine gas and iodine vapor also are used in the red phosphorous lab method. These ingredients and others used in the process can be extremely dangerous if inhaled.
A Coveney Court resident, Roland Ward, said he has rarely seen the residents of the mobile home that was raided, but at times has heard arguing coming from it. He said he also occasionally noticed "an odd smell, something that you don't smell every day" emanating from the home.
Ward called the discovery of the meth lab "not cool at all. We have got little kids and anything could go wrong" when a meth lab is around, he said.