Meth-making operation found near Harmony

Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics detectives said a methamphetamine lab discovered Friday was one of the largest-scale operations they’ve dealt with in recent memory.

ICSO Narcotics Capt. Bill Hamby said nearly 200 one-pot containers used to make methamphetamine were found in and around the home on Darlene Lane, south of Harmony. The discovery was initially made by a landlord cleaning out the home who called authorities.

Hamby said the investigation is underway to determine who was responsible for the meth lab. The former tenants are likely to be the focus of the investigation, he said.

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Plastic bottles with meth residue were found all around the property, in and out of the house and buried in the wooded area behind it.

The Environmental Protection Agency will have to do soil sampling to determine if any of the product seeped into the ground.

The State Bureau of Investigation and the sheriff’s office are investigating and charges are likely sometime this week, Hamby said.

This was the second meth lab the sheriff’s office investigated Friday.

Earlier Friday, probation officers, doing a compliance check at a residence on Deepwater Lane, discovered what they believed to be methamphetamine paraphernalia and called the sheriff’s office.

Hamby said there were items discovered to believe methamphetamine was being manufactured at the home. This is the second time, in recent months, a methamphetamine operation was discovered at the home, he said.

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Environmental Health officials deemed the house uninhabitable, and several animals were also removed from the house.

Charges are expected in that case as well.

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