Deputies Find Explosives in Hidden Gilbert Meth Lab

5:55 PM, Nov 18, 2009   |    comments
Shannon Alton Crapps
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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."

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