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Man pleads guilty after meth lab found in trash bin

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CALDWELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV ) -

A man arrested after a meth lab was found in the trash bins at his apartment complex pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday, according to the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office.

In April of 2013 the sheriff's office began investigating after a tenant looking for aluminum cans at the apartments, which are in Hudson, found the meth lab and called deputies.

During the course of the investigation, officers with the Hudson Police Department sifted through the garbage, conducted interviews, and pulled surveillance tapes. Eventually, they named 51-year-old Marc Delane Hodges as a potential suspect.

A search was executed at Hodges apartment, and additional precursor and methamphetamine-making components were found.

Hodges, who investigators said was on a "tropical vacation," was later arrested while getting off his plane upon returning home. He was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth precursors, and maintaining a dwelling to keep/store a controlled substance.

On March 31, Hodges pleaded guilty to all counts in Caldwell County Superior Court. He was sentenced to serve between 58 and 82 months in the Department of Adult Corrections.

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