The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office reports it has completed an investigation, resulting in two arrests for the manufacturing of methamphetamine in Creston.
James Ray Arnold, 42, and Kesha Marie Lyalls, 24, were arrested following a search warrant of their residence on Peak Road.
According to a release made public on Monday, June 30 by the ACSO: “Upon execution, two active ‘one-pot’ methamphetamine labs were located.” The release goes on to say “Also found inside the residence were two inactive methamphetamine labs, two HCL (Hydrogen Chloride Gas) generators and many precursors for manufacturing methamphetamine.
Arnold, also known as “Hump,” was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and trafficking in methamphetamine by manufacturing greater than 400 grams, both charges are Class C felonies in North Carolina. In addition, Arnold was also charged with possession of an immediate precursor chemical with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine which is a Class F felony.
Lyalls was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine by manufacturing greater than 400 grams and possession of an immediate precursor chemical with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.
Bond for both Arnold and Lyalls is set at $100,000.
Ashe County Sheriff James Williams said the investigation into Arnold and Lyalls had been ongoing for over two years.
According to the release, Williams said “The manufacturing of meth in Ashe County and the selling of meth to our community has been troubling. As users begin purchasing these narcotics, they quickly become addicted, focusing on the need of meth instead of their own life and family.”
Anyone with additional information about this investigation is asked to call the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 846-5633 or Ashe County Crime Stoppers at (336) 846-4188. Crime Stoppers pays cash for information leading to the arrest of individuals connected to certain crimes.
For more information on the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office, visit www.ashecountysheriff.com