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From left, Saraya Nicole Baird, John Calvin Hicks, John Calvin Hicks Jr., Michael Peterson, Ashley Winebarger




Originally published: 2012-01-11 09:55:19
Last modified: 2012-01-11 09:55:51

Meth lab found in Deep Gap home; five arrested

A search of a Deep Gap home Jan. 5 yielded a methamphetamine laboratory, chemicals commonly used to make the drug, a stolen gun and five arrests, the Watauga County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday.
The investigations and special operations divisions entered the house at 230 Dallas Watson Lane, located off Wildcat Lane, to execute a search warrant in reference to possible stolen firearms and methamphetamine production.
Inside, detectives found one stolen gun, a red phosphorous methamphetamine laboratory, precursor chemicals used in the manufacturing process and chemical solutions in Mason jars, according to the sheriff's office.
In a chicken coop outside, they also found a large duffel bag of other precursors, hoses and beakers used in the manufacturing process.
John Calvin Hicks and John Calvin Hicks Jr., who were inside the home, were arrested.
Hicks Sr. was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances and possession of meth precursor chemicals, according to the sheriff's office.
Hicks Jr. was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances, conspiracy possession/distribution of meth precursor chemicals, two counts of possession of meth precursor chemicals, manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana.
He also faces charges of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and possession of stolen goods in reference to the stolen gun, the sheriff's office stated.
Both were held at the Watauga Detention Center in lieu of a $200,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in court Feb. 23.
Further investigation following the search led to three other arrests.
Michael Peterson and Ashley Winebarger were charged with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and conspiracy to possess meth precursor chemicals.
Saraya Nicole Baird was charged with possession of meth precursor chemicals.
Those three were held at the Watauga Detention Center in lieu of a $40,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in court Feb. 23.
The State Bureau of Investigation's Clandestine Laboratory Team also took samples and assisted at the scene.
According to the sheriff's office, the operation is ongoing and may lead to additional arrests.