2011-08-05 / Front Page

Police find meth-making components during tire store raid; arrest two people

By TIM GULLA Ledger Staff Writer tim@gaffneyledger.com


An Advanced Environmental Options employee helps clean up a site where police found alleged methamphetamine-making materials Thursday. Gaffney narcotics agents found the items when they executed a search warrant at an Oakland Avenue tire shop. 
(Ledger photo / TIM GULLA) An Advanced Environmental Options employee helps clean up a site where police found alleged methamphetamine-making materials Thursday. Gaffney narcotics agents found the items when they executed a search warrant at an Oakland Avenue tire shop. (Ledger photo / TIM GULLA) Gaffney Police Department Narcotics Unit investigators called in an environmental cleanup company after they found the components of an alleged methamphetamine lab while executing a search warrant at an Oakland Avenue tire store.

According to Lt. Doug Whitaker of the Narcotics Unit, investigators executed the warrant at 8:40 a.m. Thursday at Tires R Us on Oakland Avenue.

Police spent half the day at the scene, with one uniformed officer standing watch at the fenced gate around the tire shop as narcotics agents Ronnie Anderson, Michael Scruggs and Whitaker scoured the scene and cleanup progressed.

Michael Dan Ashworth, 33, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute the Schedule 3 prescription drug hydrocodone, according to Whitaker.

During the search, in addition to the discovery of alleged meth lab components, Ashworth allegedly was found in possession of suspected methamphetamine, Whitaker said.

Charges also were filed against a second man. Danny Junior Ashworth, 53, was charged with possession with intent to distribute the Schedule 4 prescription drug Xanax, possession of the Schedule 3 prescription drug hydrocodone and possession of an illegal gambling device related to a poker machine found at the site.

Following the discovery of the alleged meth lab components, a chemist from Spartanburg was initially called to the scene and a cleanup company, Advanced Environmental Options, subsequently arrived to package the materials.

Anderson and Scruggs filed the charges in the case. Whitaker said the investigation is ongoing.

Among the other items seized from the property were security cameras that were linked to televisions within an apartment at the scene, as well as a digital video recorder.

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