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Police raid on apartment leads to meth-related drug charges

After police responded to a tip from a local Mooresville business, a man was arrested under suspicion of illegal drug activity. North Carolina police suspect that the man was gathering materials and substances in order to make methamphetamine. The 31-year-old faces drug charges regarding these allegations.

According to the report, someone from a local business called the Mooresville Police Department to give a tip about what that person felt was suspicious activity. The individual claimed that the suspect had purchased large amounts of items that contained ingredients that could be used to make meth. The department then teamed up with the Iridell County Sheriff's Office in order to conduct a surveillance operation concerning the suspected man.

The officers raided the man's apartment and arrested the man. Though there was no specific mention of authorities having first obtained a search warrant, that is the typical procedure. The officers then purportedly put on bio-hazard suits and cleared the alleged chemicals out of the apartment. The man has been living in the apartment for 13 years, but the report is not clear on how long the police claim he had been collecting these chemicals.

The man now must prepare his criminal defense against the various North Carolina drug charges that he faces. Even though police claim to have evidence against him, all persons accused of a crime are innocent until -- and only if -- proved guilty in a court of law. Moreover, it is possible that new evidence may surface that could benefit the man's criminal defense. If this occurs, the findings might affect the ultimate outcome of the case, including the possibility that some or all of the charges could be reduced or dismissed.

Source: mooresvilletribune.com, Mooresville business tip leads to arrest in suspected meth lab bust, Donna Swicegood, Jan. 8, 2014

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