Girl, 5, Found in Meth Lab Bust in Lexington County

7:15 PM, Jan 14, 2014   |    comments
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  • Paul David Doughten, 41
  • Patricia Butler England , 41

Lexington, SC (WLTX)  A five-year old girl was found in a home where deputies say methamphetamine was being made.

According to the Lexington County sheriff's department, deputies made the discovery when they went to serve a warrant on the resident for failure to appear in court for manufacturing methamphetamine charges Monday morning.  

Officers arrested Joey Dean Cockrell, 35, Paul David Doughten, 41 and Patricia Butler England, 41 at the home near Batesburg when deputies saw a clear plastic soda body being used to manufacture methamphetamine.  

Deputies then requested assistance from the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team or NET. 

Officers arrested Cockrell, Doughten and England on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child, second-offense unlawfully disposing of waste from at meth lab, unlawfully altering ephedrine or pseudophedrine from its orginial condition, possessing less than one gram of meth, possessing a weapon during the commission of a crime and by a person who has been convicted of a felony.  Also two counts of  possessing a controlled substance.  

Arrest warrants also allege that officers found Xanax, a prescription medication that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders along with Hydrocodone, a prescription painkiller and a .22-caliber revolver at the home. 

The girl who was found at the home was taken by Department of Social Services and placed in the custody of a relative. 

If you any informaiton about illegal drug activity in Lexington County you car asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC. 





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