3 arrested for meth lab in Carolina

Published 3:29 am Saturday, June 15, 2013

Three are in jail after DTF agents seized 2,200 grams of meth oil at a U.S. Hwy. 29 home Thursday night.

Drug Task Force Commander Mark Odom said the three – Austin Tew; his wife, Megan; and the Tews’ friend, Donavan Spenard – are facing a slew of drug charges including trafficking, manufacturing and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Each were taken into custody and placed in the Covington County Jail. Mr. Tew is being held on an $800,000 bond, while Mrs. Tew and Spenard are being held on a $600,000 bond.

Odom said the three were only the first set of arrests that will come from the “extended undercover operation” that led agents to the Carolina Community home around 7 p.m. Thursday.

Odom said agents first came in contact with Donovan during a traffic stop near the home.

“(Donovan), after being Mirandized, confessed that there was a meth lab at the home,” he said. “(Agents) came to the home and made contact with the other two, and Donovan was standing right by a meth lab in plain sight. Mrs. Tew had in her possession, prescription pills that she did not have a prescription for.”

Odom said agents, along with Covington County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the state Alcohol Beverage Control Board, recovered a four-wheeler at a near-by convenience store that the fourth suspect used to flee the scene.

Odom described a portion of the lab as a “one-pot method” methamphetamine lab, when inside the shed, agents recovered two large water bottles and one plastic soda bottle filled with bi-layered liquid and an assortment of items used to manufacture meth.

“You can even see they had two microwaves going at one time,” Odom said at the scene. Odom also demonstrated how dangerous the process is by showing chemicals inside an eye-dropper.

“A kid could have come by and picked that up, dropped a few drops in their eye, and they’d be gone,” he said.

Other arrests are expected, Odom said.

Also while on scene, agents detained an unidentified woman, who arrived at the home with two small children. It was not believed the family lived at the property; however, agents did recover marijuana from inside the car. The children were turned over to the state Department of Human Resources.

Sheriff Dennis Meeks said, “Every day we continue the fight this battle against drugs, and we continue to shut down meth labs where we see families destroyed from drug use. And that’s what meth does – it destroys.”