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Two Arrested in North Charleston Meth Lab Bust

Fire at North Charleston Home Due to Meth Lab, Two Arrested

meth labOn the evening of Sunday, November 3rd, a fire at a home in North Charleston led to the discovery of an active meth lab, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 9:30 PM, North Charleston firefighters were called to a residential home fire. Once they arrived and entered the home, however, they discovered what appeared to be an active meth lab, so they called narcotics agents to the scene.

Metro narcotics agents secured a search warrant for the home, and arrested James G. Osborne, 24, and Jessica R. Tobias, 24, both of whom lived in the home. They were charged with manufacturing methamphetamines and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Both Osborne and Tobias are being held at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center. They will have bond hearings on Monday, November 4th.

South Carolina Has Harsh Penalties for Drug Crimes, from Marijuana to Meth Labs

South Carolina law defines “methamphetamines” as “any salt, isomer, or salt of an isomer, or any mixture or compound containing amphetamine or methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is commonly referred to as ‘crank,’ ‘ice,’ or ‘crystal meth’.” It is illegal to start or operate a meth lab, because the drug itself is harmful and illegal.

Per the state’s legislation, Section 44-53-375:

A person who manufactures, distributes, dispenses, delivers, purchases, or otherwise aids, abets, attempts, or conspires to manufacture, distribute, dispense, deliver, or purchase, or possesses with intent to distribute, dispense, or deliver methamphetamine or cocaine base, in violation of the provisions of Section 44-53-370, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction:

(1) for a first offense, must be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than fifteen years or fined not more than twenty-five thousand dollars, or both;

(2) for a second offense or if, in the case of a first conviction of a violation of this section, the offender has been convicted of any of the laws of the United States or of any state, territory, or district relating to narcotic drugs, marijuana, depressant, stimulant, or hallucinogenic drugs, the offender must be imprisoned for not less than five years nor more than thirty years, or fined not more than fifty thousand dollars, or both;

(3) for a third or subsequent offense or if the offender has been convicted two or more times in the aggregate of any violation of the laws of the United States or of any state, territory, or district relating to narcotic drugs, marijuana, depressant, stimulant, or hallucinogenic drugs, the offender must be imprisoned for not less than ten years nor more than thirty years, or fined not more than fifty thousand dollars, or both.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Drug Crimes Charges for Meth Labs

Drug crime charges and meth lab busts in South Carolina are very serious. If you have been charged with possession, trafficking, or manufacturing drugsincluding manufacturing at a meth lab, the attorneys at the Strom Law Firm can help. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so contact us today by calling (803)252-4800.

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