Gilbert, SC (WLTX) -- When deputies say they discovered a hidden meth lab at a home on South Fork Road in Gilbert on Tuesday, they also found three handmade destructive devices after arresting a 39-year-old man who lived there.
Deputies with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department charged Shannon Alton Crapps of South Fork Road with second-offense manufacturing of methamphetamine, second offense possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, possessing a destructive device and unlawfully disposing of waste from a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory.
Investigators are working to determine why Crapps had the explosives in his home and how he made them in the first place.
Deputies executed a search warrant on Crapps' home at about 2:30 Tuesday, finding a t-shaped PVC pipe filled with a substance similar to gun powder, a piece of copper pipe that was closed on one end with a similar substance inside and time fuses were installed on each of the devices. Investigators say they also found fireworks that had been taped together with electrical tape.
A deputy assigned to the area first noticed the lab after smelling a strong chemical odor near the home, and saw items inside Crapps home that are used for methamphetamine manufacturing.
At that point, the deputy contacted narcotics officers, who found more than a gram of methamphetamine, an assortment of meth-making supplies and remnants of lithium batteries.
Bomb squad deputies took the destructive devices to a magazine where they were safely stored.
If you can help investigators find more information about a meth lab in your community, you are urged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or text a tip to "CRIMES" beginning with the term "TIPSC."