Deputies arrest 5 in Spartanburg Co. meth lab bust - FOX Carolina 21

Deputies arrest 5 in Spartanburg Co. meth lab bust

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From top-left to lower-right: Donna Lovenvirth, Randall Cantrell, Kelly Caldwell, Cayce Martin, and Brittany Bradley (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office) From top-left to lower-right: Donna Lovenvirth, Randall Cantrell, Kelly Caldwell, Cayce Martin, and Brittany Bradley (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said they arrested five people Wednesday after receiving complaints about illegal drug activity at a Boiling Springs home.

Spartanburg County deputies said they responded to 227 Silverbell Dr. off of Parris Bridge Road, where they found ingredients and equipment necessary to manufacture methamphetamine along with a firearm and stolen property.

Estrella Soto and her mother drove by the residence Thursday afternoon, because they were notified that their stolen truck, missing since last November, was found during the bust. The family, who lives twenty minutes away, said they never expected to see the truck again.

When deputies responded to the residence, they saw two females leave in a minivan, which had a tag on it that was not registered to the vehicle. They conducted surveillance on the van then performed a traffic stop.

While talking to the driver, Donna Lovenvirth, 45, investigators questioned her about the illegal drug activity at the Silverbell residence.

Investigators said Lovenvirth denied knowledge of the activity, but then they told her they knew she had been buying pseudoephedrine recently, and she admitted that she bought it for her boyfriend Randy. She also told them there was meth in the master bedroom and manufacturing components in the trash behind the house.

After investigators received consent to search, they returned to the home and found plastic bottles of liquids inside a bathroom, along with fuel in a closet and a bottle of lye - all items deputies said were used to make methamphetamine.

They said additional items were found inside the laundry room, trash outside, master bathroom and bedroom, bonus room, inside vehicles at the residence, a fire pit, a purse and more.

Neighbors told Fox Carolina they had seen visitors to the home at all hours of the night, and windows that were never closed.

"Here I am running and walking, and it's like, why do people got their windows open when its thirty degrees outside?" said neighbor, Mike Lowe. "It's pretty disturbing! To have this with all the kids around and its right underneath your nose and you don't know."

One home nearby is up for sale, because its owners do not want their kids near the drug activity.

Five people were arrested in connection with the meth lab and deputies said more charges were expected in connection with the stolen property.

Lovenvirth and Randall Cantrell, 31, were each charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute.

Kelly Caldwell, 35, Cayce Martin, 26, and Brittany Bradley, 20, were each charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

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