Walterboro, S.C. – Narcotics investigators from the Joint Drug Crimes Unit (Walterboro Public Safety and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office) have made two arrests in conjunction with a methamphetamine lab that was uncovered Tuesday afternoon at the Southern Inn located on Bells Highway.
Narcotics investigators initiated surveillance at the hotel and on the alleged offenders after receiving information from an anonymous citizen. The information gathered during the surveillance operation prompted investigators to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle observed leaving the hotel. Investigators identified occupants of the vehicle as habitual methamphetamine offenders. Items located inside the vehicle confirmed investigator’s suspicions and led to the issuance of a search warrant for a room at the hotel. At approximately 6:45 p.m., members of the Joint Drug Crimes Unit and members of the Walterboro Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division executed the warrant at the Southern Inn and found inside the room the necessary equipment and materials for manufacturing methamphetamine.
Kevin Ashley Hill, 35, and Candace Marie Smoak, 19, both of Walterboro, S.C., have been arrested and face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.