Police found three different “one-pot” methamphetamine labs on property belonging to a Creston man who was arrested and charged for the manufacturing of methamphetamine on Wednesday, Jan. 15.
Gene Edward Allen, 49, in addition to being charged for the manufacturing of the controlled substance, was also charged with possession of an immediate precursor chemical used to create meth 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 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 bond for Allen was set at $30,000. Allen was released on Jan. 17, according to Ashe County booking reports.
According to a Jan. 22 press release by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office, anyone with additional information about Allen’s investigation is asked to call them at 336-846-5633 or Ashe County Crime Stoppers at 336-846-4188. The release also says the Crime Stoppers pay cash for information leading to the arrest of individuals connected to certain crimes.
Wil Petty may be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @wilpetty