Creston men arrested in separate drug charges

Wil Petty Staff Writer

January 20, 2014

A Creston man has been arrested and charged for the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Gene Edward Allen, 49, in addition to being charged for the manufacturing of the controlled substance, was also charged with possession of meth precursors and maintaining a dwelling that is used for keeping and selling controlled substances, according to Lt. Grady Price, Narcotics investigator for the Ashe County Sheriff’s Department.

Price said the bust occurred around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15. This is the first meth lab bust in Ashe County in 2014.

The sheriff’s department was assisted by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) to process the lab.

“We have to contact the SBI when we deal with meth labs,” Price said. “The processing is handled in a manner based on standards by the DEA.”

Price said SBI technicians remove the chemical lab from the residence making sure it is safe for transport. It is then sent to a containment site to be destroyed.

The Ashe County Sheriff’s Department also arrested a Creston man for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana.

Jonathon Michael Stapleton, 19, was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bonds for both Allen and Stapleton are set at $30,000.

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