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Originally published: 2011-08-25 16:54:58
Last modified: 2011-08-26 14:30:53

Two arrested on meth charges

Two men were arrested and various meth-making items seized Wednesday at two Watauga County residences.

Chad Jeffery Norris, 35, and Jason R. Morsette, 32, were arrested on meth-related charges, said Capt. Al Reed of the Watauga County Sheriff's Office. Norris was charged with manufacturing meth, conspiracy to manufacture meth and maintaining a dwelling/vehicle/place for controlled substances, Reed said.

Morsette was charged with manufacturing meth and conspiracy to manufacture meth, he said.

At Norris' home at 111 River Ridge Road, officers found four shake-and-bake meth labs contained in a two-liter and three 20-ounce soda bottles. They also seized several syringes and needles, cold medicine tablets, cold packs, lithium batteries, lighter fluid, coffee filters and other items believed to have been used to make the drug.

Officers said they did not believe a roommate who lived at the home was involved.

About six miles away at 130 Trivette's Drive, a rental house associated with Morsette contained another shake-and-bake meth lab, as well as items typically used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, Reed said.

Officers believe another person who lived there was not involved, he said.

None of the labs were currently in use.

“They're dangerous, but they're not active,” Reed said.

S.T.A.T. Incorporated, a Lenoir-based hazardous materials cleanup company, arrived Thursday to collect and destroy the items.


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