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Thirty-seven people in Lancaster and Chester Counties have been indicted by a statewide grand jury on charges related to the production and distribution of methamphetamines.

According to a release from S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson, agents from the Chester County Sheriff’s Office, Lancaster Police Department, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina National Guard/Governor’s Counter Drug Unit, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) participated in the investigation.

The defendants – who stand accused of producing and trafficking various amounts of the drug – face a variety of meth-related charges.  All are facing jail time and heavy fines.

Not long ago, this website praised Wilson’s office for its work in going after child pornographers.

“We can’t think of a more essential function of government than keeping children – especially infants and toddlers – safe from these sorts of depraved predators,” we wrote. “Seriously … there is nothing more important a society (or a government) can do than provide protection to those who lack the ability to protect themselves.”

But adults making and selling drugs for recreational use? We’ve got no problem with that.

In fact investigations, prosecutions and incarcerations like this are nothing but a waste of taxpayer time and resources.

Oh well … let’s just hope Wilson didn’t use the City of Columbia, S.C.’s drug lab to process the product for any of these “offenders.”