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Meth lab found in pickup, as driver picks up kid from school
Lanier Lawrence
Lawrence Lanier

A Springfield man is facing several charges after Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies discovered a meth lab in his truck Monday as he was pulling into South Effingham Middle School to pick up his child.

According to the ECSO, the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office Drug Suppression Team received information during an investigation that Lawrence Lanier, 34, of Springfield, had children in his vehicle and was on his way to pick up another child at the middle school.

"Deputies had information he had a meth lab in his truck, and they got him at the school," said ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor.

Investigators learned of a meth lab in Springfield and in the course of that probe, discovered that someone wanted in the case went to pick up their child at school, Ehsanipoor said.

Lanier was stopped in the parking lot of the school, where he had two small children in his truck. Investigators found the meth lab within arm’s reach of the children.

Lanier is facing multiple charges which include manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine, and cruelty to children.

During this investigation, Kenneth Jenks, 33, was also arrested at a residence on Sweet Gum Circle where another meth lab was located. He was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine, and probation violation.