GREENWOOD, SC – Greenwood police discovered a meth lab in the back of a truck after conducting a traffic stop on Christmas night around 9:20 p.m.
According to a report from the Greenwood Police Department, police observed a red Ford F-150 travelling east on Highway 72/221 Bypass jerk quickly between the two lanes and cross the center line. Police initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and noticed a passenger place something under the seat, as if trying to hide it. The report states that, when asked what he was attempting to hide, the passenger, later identified as Charles Quillan Brown, 70, told police that he was hiding allergy pills.
According to the report, there were two other people in the car, identified as Kayla Marie Buckner, 21, and Joshua Douglas Bowler, 24, who was driving the vehicle. None of the three had any contraband on their person, but police located a recently used meth lab in the back of the truck covered by a camper cover.
All three were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamines. The report states that both Buckner and Brown gave statements to police denying any knowledge of the meth lab in the truck, but admitted that they knew Bowler to cook meth. Brown also told police that Bowler offered him $10 and a pack of cigarettes if he would purchase the pseudoephedrine, according to the report. The report also states that Bowler refused to give a statement without an attorney present.