Second arrest made in Camp Leach meth bust

Published 8:44 pm Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Herbert Lee Garriss

Herbert Lee Garriss


A second man has been arrested and charged in the methamphetamine bust that took place in a mobile home park off of Camp Leach Road on March 8.

On Monday, Herbert Lee Garriss, 47, of Camp Leach Road, was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine with Bradley Keith Thompson, the man arrested after his girlfriend discovered meth-making paraphernalia while Thompson was serving a weekend sentence in the Beaufort County Detention Center.

Ultimately, it was a digital trail that led investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office drug unit to Garriss, according to Lt. Russell Davenport, head of the drug unit.

“We found out through text messages and cellphone records they were working together to gather the ingredients to make meth,” Davenport said. “He gave Bradley instructions on what to purchase through text messages.”

In addition to witnesses that put Garriss’ vehicle at Thompson’s residence on various occasions, the similarity of the meth-making process used in both meth labs found was cause for further investigation — the same ingredients were used in both, Davenport said.

Garriss was arrested on March 6, 2015, on meth-making charges. He was out on bond awaiting trial when he was arrested on the conspiracy charge. The court revoked Garriss’ bond when the new charges came to light.

“They agreed that his continuing to make meth was a danger to the community,” Davenport said.

Davenport said that any time a meth lab is found, evidence and witnesses often lead to more arrests of the same type.

“When we find a meth lab, the investigation is just beginning,” Davenport said.