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Report: 9 arrested, mother and son sought after meth investigation

CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Nine people were arrested and two more are being sought on drug charges after a months-long investigation into the manufacturing and distribution of meth in Catawba County.

Deputies say that during the past several months, they looked at several suspects who specifically manufacture methamphetamine using the "One Pot" method that they say has become an epidemic not only in North Carolina, but throughout the country.

They say the suspects buy or steal the precursor items from local businesses in and around the county to make the drug.

During the investigation, known as "Operation Seven/Eleven," deputies identified eleven suspects who were involved in making methamphetamine or who assisted the cooks by providing the necessary items.

Narcotics investigators presented cases to the Grand Jury in Catawba County on Monday, which lead to fifty-nine separate charges.

Ashley Nicole Reynolds, Julia Marie Flowers, Jacob Rayce Carr, Wesley Michael Sain, Cody Lee Weiss, Kevin Matthew Cook, William Jonathan McNeil, Brandon Kyle Hensley and Samantha Lynn Metz were all arrested on separate charges including manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine by manufacturing and possession, and possession of immediate precursors to manufacture methamphetamine.

Joseph Edward Morin and his mother, Georgia Lynn Starks, both from Newton, both received five counts each of manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of immediate precursors to manufacture methamphetamine. 

Officials say Morin and Starks have both possibly left Catawba County and have not been apprehended. Both were entered into the National Crime Information Center database as wanted.

Anyone with information about their location should call the Catawba County Communications Center at 828-464-3112.

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