This week, York County drug agents have dismantled the 20th suspected methamphetamine lab of 2013. Authorities, acting on a tip about a working lab in Fort Mill, found what turned out to be an inactive lab at 225 Sleepy Hollow Road in Fort Mill.
As investigators were investigating the lab, the suspect Benjamin Tennant, 38, arrived at the home with what turned out to be nine bundles of heroin in his possession.
Hazardous Materials crews from the Fort Mill Fire Department and the York County Emergency Management office were called on scene to dispose of the chemicals.
“This has to be getting to be old news,” said Marvin Brown, Commander of the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit. “Despite our best efforts with community outreach, enforcement and successful prosecution, we have doubled the number of labs from last year.”
Brown said drug agents dismantled 20 methamphetamine labs in 2012 and 10 in 2011.
To date this year, York County’s drug unit has arrested 36 people on 163 charges associated with the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine.