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March 7, 2013

Search Warrant Uncovers Meth Lab, Fire Scene

Derek M. Sanchez, 32, of Memphis was arrested March 1st by the Scotland County Sheriff's Office and Memphis Police Department after an alleged methamphetamine lab was uncovered at his residence.

A Memphis man is in custody on drug charges, and by law enforcement accounts is fortunate to have been uninjured after an alleged methamphetamine lab in his home caught fire.

The Scotland County Sheriff's Office reported the arrest of Derek M. Sanchez, 32, of Memphis.

A search warrant was served at 345 S. Market Street in Memphis on Friday evening, March 1st. Officers had been investigating suspicious purchases made by Sanchez during the day, including a number of common precursors used in the making of meth.

Officers from the sheriff's office and the Memphis Police Department executed the search warrant and uncovered a wide variety of items used in the manufacture of meth. Investigators also uncovered the site of a flash fire near some of the ingredients in an upstairs bedroom and located burned debris that apparently had been thrown out an adjacent window. Sanchez reportedly also had visible evidence of being in contact with a fire, including singed hair and facial hair, but otherwise was uninjured.

Sanchez was arrested at 8:37 p.m. Friday evening at the residence on suspicion of attempt to manufacture a controlled substance, methamphetamine. He is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond. Additional charges are pending.

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