Thursday, December 26, 2013
Two suspects were arrested and charged after investigators found a methamphetamine lab at an Anita Drive residence.
David Wayne Howell, 29, and Ashley Dawn Gallimore, 24, both of 433 Anita Dr., were arrested and jailed on Dec. 16, according to a Goose Creek Police Department incident report.
As a cleanup crew removed components of the lab that afternoon neighbors gathered along the street, spoke and speculated about the situation.
Howell is charged with the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine, possession of less than one gram of meth or cocaine base, disposal or assisting disposal of methamphetamine waste, and criminal conspiracy. His bond for the charges was set at $51,000, according to the Hill-Finklea Detention Center website.
Gallimore is charged with the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine, disposal or assisting disposal of methamphetamine waste and criminal conspiracy. Her bond was set at $50,000, according to the jail website.
At about 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 police received a citizen compliant in reference to possible illegal drug activity.
Investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) office in Charleston, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office and GCPD arrived on scene.
A woman answered the door and said she was the lease holder and had just arrived home after being gone since that Friday, according to the report. She gave consent to a search of the residence.
Howell and another male subject were in the living room and Gallimore was found in the first bedroom on the right.
During an initial walkthrough, an officer saw in plain view lye, camping fuel, a coffee grinder with a white powder residue, and exposed lithium in the first bedroom on the right.
There were two active “one pot” containers in the attached laundry room along with camping fuel and a gas generator. Two more “one pot” containers with the byproducts of meth production were found in the backyard, according to the report.
The two “one pots” in the laundry room were “cooking,” which was evident by the fluid in the bottles still bubbling, according to the report.
The residence and its occupants were secured. More DEA agents were called to the scene and an officer met with a judge to obtain a search warrant.
The warrant was executed and officers found in Howell and Gallimore’s bedroom a large clear bag containing lithium strips coated in a white powder (later determined to be flour), funnels, hoses, aluminum foil, a dust mask, a bag with funnels, blue/clear liquid in a container, Epsom salt, household drain cleaner, a coffee grinder with pill residue, glassware with clear liquid, a pill container with green plant material, a 12-hour decongestant package, coffee filters, camping fuel, a micro-torch, a gray container with hoses and a large burner plate.
Officers found a digital scale, aluminum foil and a syringe on the dining room table.
In the backyard they found a propane tank with a corroded nozzle, a blue and white acetone bottle, a white bag containing numerous “one pot” containers that had by-products of meth production inside and an acetone bottle in a burn pile, according to the report.
Several neighbors told officers the woman who answered the door had not been seen at the residence for several days and the other male subject had just arrived prior to police.
Most of the evidence of drug making was in the bedroom of Howell and Gallimore and on the ground outside their bedroom window, according to the report.
The master bedroom, belonging to the lease holder, was well-kept and no evidence of drugs were found there, according to the report.
Howell and Gallimore admitted to having a drug problem, according to the report.
The S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) summoned a private cleanup crew to remove all materials and byproducts of the meth production.
One neighbor told police the woman who answered the door let a “guy” and a “girl” move into the house the Thursday or Friday before, according to the report.
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