Five busted for operating a meth lab

By Jeff Rivenbark - email

CALDWELL COUNTY - Five people have been arrested for operating a meth lab in Caldwell County.

On May 2nd, agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office Ice Unit and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation went to a home at 1478 Wrong Way in Granite Falls to serve warrants on Ernest Richard Parker.

While inside Parker's home, agents discovered a working meth lab.

The SBI's Investigation Methamphetamine Clandestine Laboratory was called in to dismantle the meth lab.

Agents found 500 grams of a mixture containing meth and products used to manufacture the illegal substance.

The sheriff's office arrested Ernest Parker, Mark McGlothlin, Jody Lockady, Tracy Reid and Kevin Reid.

Parker faces three felony charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling to keep/store a controlled substance.

Tracy and Kevin Reid, McGlothlin and Lockaby were charged with one felony count each of manufacturing methamphetamine.

They are being held in the Caldwell County jail.

The sheriff's office says this is the biggest meth lab they have found this year.

"Strict laws have been passed for individuals who choose to make meth and we intend to continue enforcing them," said Sheriff Alan Jones.

If you know of anyone illegally using or manufacturing meth or some other type of controlled substance, call the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office I.C.E. Unite at 828-757-1178.