FCSO Narcs Raid Meth Lab

Mark Allen Walker

WINNSBORO – A Winnsboro man was arrested last week after Narcotics investigators with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office discovered a methamphetamine (meth) lab inside his Hudson Street home.

Mark Allen Walker, 49, of 802 Hudson St., was arrested Jan. 23 and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, disposal of methamphetamine waste, violation of the Hazardous Waste Management Act and violation of the Pollution Control Act. At press time Walker was being held at the Fairfield County Detention Center, with his bond set at $33,000.

The Sheriff’s Office said they were tipped off on the investigation by a member of the community. In addition to the makings of a meth lab found inside the home, investigators also found a collection of items and ingredients that are only used together in the production of methamphetamine.

Outside the home, investigators located several areas in the back yard where waste products from meth production had been burned and buried, prompting the two environmental charges against Walker.

“We take these meth lab investigations very seriously,” Sheriff Will Montgomery said. “Even small-scale meth labs such as this one pose a serious threat to our environment.”