Friday, October 4, 2013
One of the men believed to be responsible for a May 2012 meth lab fire that burned down an apartment building and killed three people in Berkeley County was sentenced in federal court last week.
Jerald McCabe, 34, of Berkeley County, was sentenced by the Honorable Richard M. Gergel to 25 years imprisonment on charges of conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine where children reside, according to a statement issued by United States Attorney William N. Nettles.
McCabe had previously pled guilty on April 29.
The investigation began on May 31, 2012, after a suspicious fire occurred at the Pine Harbour Apartments near Goose Creek, which resulted in three deaths and the displacement of numerous residents.
The investigation revealed a used, one-pot methamphetamine lab in the apartment where the fire began along with other chemicals and tools used for the manufacture of methamphetamine.
The investigation further revealed that McCabe and his codefendant, Shonni Abernathy, manufactured methamphetamine in that apartment on numerous, previous occasions.
Nettles stated that the case was investigated by Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
Assistant United States Attorney Peter Phillips of the Charleston office handled the prosecution.