A meth lab found Wednesday in York County is the eighth that drug agents have uncovered there this year.
Acting on a tip, drug agents raided a secluded home on Naturewoods Road near McConnells. Dressed in protective Hazmat suits, they found the remains of a meth lab inside one of two campers parked on the wooded property. Drug agents believe the lab was cooking methamphetamine on the day it was discovered.
Amanda Holmes, 31, and Michelle Phillips, 29, of Gaffney, and Benji Solesbee, 36, of Chesnee, are charged. Drug agents charged Holmes with child neglect after finding her 2-year-old child on the property.
Neighbor Mary Boseman was shocked when Channel 9 told her about the police raid nearby. She has two grandchildren staying with her.
"I didn't know there were any drugs over there," she said. "That makes me scared. I don't want to live around that stuff."
Mike Ligon, with York County's Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit, said drug cases involving children are very difficult.
"We've been dealing with these issues with children ever since we started finding these labs, and it's a very big concern for us," he said.
Drug agents found 10 meth labs last year. With eight so far in 2013, Ligon said the problem is that people are making the drug in small containers.
It's easy to hide, and can be made quickly, almost anywhere.
"We hear about it all across the state. They're doing it in convenience stores, in drug stores. They're going in, stealing the stuff and going into the bathroom to make it," he said.
All three suspects in this case have criminal records in Cherokee County, where they are from.
Police also have warrants for Jonathan Patrick, who lives there on Naturewoods Road. Ligon said Patrick sped off on a four-wheeler during the raid and has not been caught. He has two previous charges for making meth. Several of the suspects have pending drug charges from earlier arrests.
Channel 9 showed their pictures to emergency room Dr. Jonas Varaly at Piedmont Medical Center. He said meth is severely addictive and destructive.
"It only takes one or two tries sometimes for some people to become very addicted to it, and it's a very hard addiction to kick," Varaly said.
He said the drug takes over the user's life, and causes addicts to neglect themselves and everything else.
"Everything becomes secondary to them, including personal hygiene, social affairs, work and family affairs," Varaly said.
Late Thursday, bond had not been set for Solesbee, Holmes or Phillips.