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Originally published: 2013-01-14 16:25:33
Last modified: 2013-01-14 16:26:46

Meth lab found in Boone trailer park

by Staff Reports

Detectives discovered four methamphetamine labs last week while executing a search warrant in Bradford Trailer Park in Boone.

On Jan. 9, members of the Watauga County Sheriff's Office found four "shake-and-bake" labs in the woods near Battle Cove, along with an HCl gas generator -- commonly used in the final phase of meth production -- and lithium batteries missing the lithium strips.

The labs were not believed to be associated with the home being searched, according to law enforcement.

"Because of the recent arrest of several high-level methamphetamine traffickers in Watauga County, we expect to see a rise in meth labs," Sheriff Len Hagaman said. "The 'shake-and-bake' method is the most preferred by meth cooks because the meth can be manufactured within 30 minutes."

Detectives are still investigating the meth lab dump sites.