‘Lowcountry meth blitz’ leads to several arrests

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Seven suspects were arrested in connection with five meth labs found throughout Berkeley County on Dec. 9 and 10. All were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit uncovered the labs, according to a statement released by BCSO. All the Berkeley County labs utilized the “one-pot” method of meth-making.

The busts were part of a regional effort dubbed the “Lowcountry Methamphetamine Blitz” involving the Berkeley, Dorchester, Charleston and Colleton county sheriff’s offices.

On Dec. 9 in Berkeley County three arrests were made in separate incidents at three labs.

Richard Anthony Shultz, 41, was taken into custody following a search of his residence at 2660 Mudville Rd. in Cross. Deputies found several components and material consistent with the “one pot” or “shake and bake” method of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Deputies also found a bag that contained a white powder substance that field tested positive for meth. Shultz was charged with possession with intent to distribute and manufacturing methamphetamine. Schultz’s total bond was set at $60,000.

Agents searched a residence at 504 Broughton Rd. near Moncks Corner and arrested Jennifer Atkinson, 31, after discovering several items used to manufacture meth inside and outside the residence. She was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and exposing a child to methamphetamine.

In the Bonneau area, agents uncovered multiple components consistent with a meth lab along with a bag that contained methamphetamine in a residence at 1056 Long Acre Dr.

William Clifford Casselman, 42, of that address, was arrested and charged with manufacturing, possession of methamphetamine and simple possession of marijuana.

On Dec. 10 deputies searched a residence at 273 Frankie Ln., Summerville, just off Royle Road, and found an inactive meth lab. There were precursors and materials there used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Joshua Rockwood, 34, and Kari Curtis, 38, residents of that address, were both arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Bond was set at $75,000 for Rockwood.

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