Man arrested after meth fire

  • Thursday, January 23, 2014

Stefan Rogenmoser/Gazette Cleanup crews were on the scene the moring after the meth fire at 32 Aldene Drive.

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A suspicious fire led to a Goose Creek man’s arrest.

At about 5:15 p.m. on Jan. 8 firefighters and deputies arrived at 32 Aldene Drive off Redbank Road in regard to an active structure fire at a house.

Justin Wright, of 32 Aldene Drive, was charged with two counts of manufacturing meth, one count of possession with intent to distribute meth and one count of petit larceny.

Wright’s bonds for the charges total $92,130, according to the jail’s website. He was still incarcerated as of press time.

The fire department was putting out the flames when a deputy arrived, according to a Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

As the deputy was directing traffic he saw two females nearby hugging and crying. One of the women erupted in anger, pointed at the deputy and said, “Tell him that.”

The deputy went over to see what the problem was and the woman said, “It caught fire because they were cooking meth.” She identified the suspect as “Justin,” according to the report.

The two women said they went to the store and left Wright and another female at the house. When they returned about 20 minutes later they walked into the house and saw smoke coming from the room on the left, according to the report.

Wright and the other female had fled on foot from the residence. The drug enforcement unit was called in. A bystander approached the deputy and said they had some information on Wright, according to the report.

The bystander said Wright had called their cell phone asking for a ride. Deputies determined the phone call originated from Nowhere Bar & Grill off Henry Brown Boulevard.

Wright was located near the scene and arrested for outstanding warrants.

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