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Man wanted for making meth in Richmond County arrested on I-85

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Jesse Woodhull (Rowan County Sheriff's Office) Jesse Woodhull (Rowan County Sheriff's Office)
SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

A man who had been on the run from investigators for nearly two months was arrested Tuesday for his involvement in several methamphetamine labs.

Jessie Don Woodhull is charged in Richmond County with manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and two counts of possession of meth precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, according to a news release from the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.

He was also charged in Rowan County with manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, sell of methamphetamine and possession of meth precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

It all started on August 5th when the Richmond County Sheriff's Office and the NC State Bureau of Investigation investigated a mobile methamphetamine lab which had caught fire. 

Woodhull was burned during the fire and was admitted to a burn center. He was discharged from the burn center prior to warrants being served and fled the area, according to the news release.

On Aug. 21, investigators with the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, the Granite Quarry Police Department, and the NC SBI, investigated a methamphetamine lab located at 1018 Church Street, Faith, North Carolina.  During this investigation, investigators arrested Joshua Eran Tarlton for manufacturing methamphetamine and identified Jessie Don Woodhull as a second person involved in manufacturing methamphetamine there.

By late September, investigators with the Rowan County Sheriff's Office and the NC SBI conducted an undercover operation in which Jessie Don Woodhull sold methamphetamine to an undercover officer. When officers attempted to stop a vehicle that Woodhull was leaving in, he escaped on foot, investigators said.

On Oct. 1, investigators with the Rowan County Sheriff's Office received information that Woodhull would be at the Pilot truck stop located on Lane Street in Kannapolis. Investigators followed his vehicle onto Interstate 85 and stopped it just inside Rowan County near the Cabarrus County line.

Woodhull was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $200,000 secured bond for Richmond County and a $200,000 secured bond for Rowan County, pending a first appearance in court on Wednesday.

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