SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Two men have been charged after investigators say they found a methamphetamine manufacturing operation in eastern Rowan.
On Thursday, the Rowan County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Southern Piedmont District and Clandestine Laboratory Response Team executed a search warrant at 2675 Lower Stone Church Road in Rockwell.
The search warrant was based on information that the home was being used as a location to manufacture methamphetamine.
During the search, investigators say they located a "one pot shake and bake lab," as well as precursor materials used in this process.
Investigators say this particular method, which utilizes a two liter soda bottle, is highly explosive and can cause injuries to the manufacturers, as well as law enforcement officers and first responders.
The Rockwell Rural Fire Department and Tactical Medics from Rowan County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) assisted investigators at the scene.
Arrested were David Shane Reid, age 44, a resident of 2675 Lower Stone Church Road and James Avery Price, age 27, a resident of Wallace, South Carolina. Investigators say that evidence uncovered during the investigation showed that Reid and Price had been cooking methamphetamine at the residence on Lower Stone Church Road for at least two months, multiple times per week.
Reid was charged with manufacture methamphetamine; three counts of possess immediate precursors; possess with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; and maintaining a dwelling to keep or sell controlled substances. Bond was set at $500,000.
Price was charged with manufacture methamphetamine; three counts of possess immediate precursors; possess with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine; and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Bond was set at $250,000.
Reid has an extensive criminal history with at least nine felony convictions in Rowan, Cabarrus and Iredell counties for habitual impaired driving, habitual felon and possession of firearm by felon.
Price has a criminal history in South Carolina with at least two felony convictions for second degree burglary, and manufacture/ possess with intent to distribute illegal drugs.