Vilas man charged with making meth
by Staff Reports
Detectives investigating a report of a possible meth lab at 1297 N.C. 194 South in Vilas found items sitting in the yard that were consistent with "shake-and-bake" meth labs, according to the sheriff's office. Items also were found in two burn piles, which detectives believe the suspect was using to attempt to destroy evidence of the crime.
A search warrant yielded other items inside the trailer that are commonly used to manufacture the drug, the sheriff's office said.
Charles Kevin Baird, 44, a resident of the home, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, according to the sheriff's office. Baird was held at the Watauga Detention Center in lieu of a $100,000 bond.
An elderly family member and two children younger than 5 also lived at the home, according to investigators. The Department of Social Services placed the children into foster care, according to Sheriff Len Hagaman.
Among the items seized outside the home and along the creek banks were five hydrogen chloride gas generators. Detectives believe each generator was used for a separate meth lab and may have been used more than once, according to the Watauga County Sheriff's Office.
HCl generators are among the most dangerous items used in the production of meth because they can sit dormant for weeks before motion causes them to create the gas, which can be lethal in high concentrations.