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UPDATE: Two Charged in Alleged Mobile Meth Lab in Beaufort

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Two people have been charged with what investigators say was a functioning mobile meth lab.

Ronald Joseph Rowe, 38, and Kathryn Elizabeth Stephens, 26, are both charged with one count of Manufacturing Methamphetamine and one count of Trafficking Methamphetamine.

Authorities say both Rowe and Stephens are from Augusta, Georgia.

According to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, Beaufort Police spotted the pair sitting in a white, 1992 Geo Metro in the Pigeon Point boat landing parking lot early this morning. 

"They actually noticed in plain view, a lot materials used to manufacture methamphetamine," said Sgt. Robin McIntosh with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

McIntosh says it was a routine patrol, and they do not believe the drug bust is linked to any other at this time.

Rowe and Stephens were detained and initially placed under arrest for Littering.

After a search warrant was secured, the Sheriff's Office says collected substances from the pair's car tested positive for methamphetamines.

The boat landing was temporarily closed while the hazardous materials were removed, authorities said. Neighbors say the scene was bizarre to their usually peaceful street. 

"Cop cars, everywhere, and they had the whole landing blocked off. I was taking my daughter to school," Christina Lee recalls. 

Lee says authorities asked her neighbors, who live next to the  boat landing to evacuate their home. 

"The two houses nect to the boat landing, they asked to leave in case there was an explosion," Lee says. 

While she's not used to such a scene on a Monday morning, Lee says it's not shocking to her that the drug bust happened. Lee says she sees random cars drive down to the landing often. 

However, Lee says she does feel safe because she sees officers patrol frequently. 

"I see at least one or two a day go down there just patrolling, riding back and forth," Lee says. 

"It's obviously something we're going to monitor very carefully," Sgt. McIntosh says.

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Multiple emergency crews have arrived to the Pigeon Point Boat Landing in Beaufort. Fire and police officials are both on the scene.

Officials released this statement: "Beaufort County Sheriff's Office drug investigators, in conjunction with members of the Beaufort Police Department, are currently investigating the discovery of what appears to be the makings of a mobile meth lab.

 

A Beaufort police officer was proactively patrolling the Pigeon Point boat landing just after 8:30 am this morning when he observed two suspicious persons in a vehicle in the parking lot. Upon approach, the officer observed materials consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine in plain view inside the car.

 

The subjects, a white male and a white female, were detained and later arrested on unrelated charges by Beaufort police. Members of the Sheriff's Office drug investigation section, who are certified in handling potentially hazardous clandestine lab materials, have responded and secured the scene.

 

A search warrant is being obtained for further investigation into the materials found. Access to the Pigeon Point landing is restricted to emergency personnel at this time and will remain closed until further notice. Members of the Sheriff's Office Environmental Crimes Unit are patrolling the area to reroute any boat traffic."

Further details may be released as they become available.

  Beaufort Police patrolling the area approached the two people, one male and one female, in a car at the landing and saw materials associated with meth in plain sight.

  Officials are trying to obtain a search warrant for the car and will then test the materials accordingly.

  WSAV.com has a crew on the scene. We will bring you more reports shortly.

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