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Lindsey Miller. Photo courtesy of Watauga County Sheriff's Office.

Originally published: 2013-02-05 11:39:07
Last modified: 2013-02-05 12:10:01

Three charged in meth conspiracy

by Staff Reports

The Watauga County Sheriff's Office arrested three people Friday on suspicion that they were purchasing medicine for use in creating methamphetamine.

Casey Ward, 25, and Lindsey Miller, 20, of 1656 Meat Camp Road, and Heather Nelson, 20, of 3296 Meat Camp Road, were each charged with felony possession or distribution of meth precursors and conspiracy to manufacture meth, according to court records.

All three are accused of supplying items needed to manufacture meth to Kevin Baird of 1297 N.C. 194, Vilas, according to the sheriff's office. Officers located a meth lab at that property on Jan. 24.

Law enforcement officers call such suspects "smurfs," or individuals who go from store to store buying the maximum legal amount of pseudoephedrine products with the intention of distributing them for meth production.

Ward and Miller were issued a $25,000 secured bond, and Nelson was issued a $10,000 secured bond. All are scheduled to appear in court March 23.

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