Officers arrested a man and a woman from Gaston Friday who they say were operating a meth lab at a home on Big Hickory Lane.
Rayne Gunn, 18, and Justin James Holt, 22, of 339 Big Hickory Lane are charged with manufacturing meth and unlawfully disposing of waste from a meth lab.
Deputies say Gunn's aunt called the sheriff's department Friday and was concerned about Gunn - who lives with Holt at his house on Big Hickory Lane - because she had not contacted her family for several days.
Deputies went to Holt's house around 7:30 p.m. Friday to check on Gunn.
They stopped Gunn and Holt, who were driving a gold Chrysler vehicle down a driveway that leads to Holt's home, according to the sheriff's department. Deputies say they smelled a strong chemical odor coming from the vehicle.
Deputies also found a large fire pit in the front yard of Holt's home that contained remnants of lithium batteries, packages of pseudoephedrine and cans of starter fluid that had been punctured, according to the sheriff's department.
Officer with the Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team investigated and arrested Gunn and Holt.
Officers say that when Holt was placed in a marked patrol car, he hid a bag of meth behind the rear seat.
Gunn is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $15,000. Holt is being held on bail totaling $20,000.