A traffic stop on Jan. 23 turned into a series of arrests, mostly drug-related, on Feb. 7 for the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.

On the former date, deputies initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle on Warrior Creek Road in the Gray Court area. The vehicle refused to stop and fled the area, later stopping at a location in Spartanburg County. The driver fled the scene and was not apprehended at that time.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies seized items used in the manufacture of meth. Deputies later identified the driver as Kristopher Damian Burton, at which time they obtained warrants on him. Deputies also learned that Burton removed an ankle monitoring device shortly after the incident. He was out on bond when the incident occurred and was required by court order to be placed on a GPS ankle monitor.

On Feb. 7, deputies responded to a residence on Horse Creek Drive in the Honea Path area of Laurens County to apprehend Burton. While at the residence, investigators discovered what appeared to be a marijuana plant growing in the residence, along with other drug paraphernalia, which led to investigators obtaining a search warrant for the property.

During a search of the residence, investigators located a quantity of methamphetamine and marijuana inside. The following people were arrested as a result of this investigation and charged with the following; however, more charges are possible:

Kristopher Damian Burton: failure to stop for a blue light, driving under suspension, manufacturing meth.

Amber Darlene Peake: possession with intent to distribute meth, simple possession of marijuana.

Alyssa Deanna Tims: obstruction of justice, resisting arrest.

Amanda Danielle Marler: obstruction of justice, manufacturing meth.

Juvenile Subject: obstruction of justice.

Said Sheriff Don Reynolds: “There is no place other than jail for these types of criminals, especially when they are subjecting a young person to such poison. It’s unfortunate to see this juvenile in a place like this with such horrible role models. However, we will do everything we can to set this young person on the right path.”