Man arrested for operating meth lab

Published 9:32 am Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Mocksville man was arrested Sept. 20 after officers found a meth lab in a residence off Milling Road.

Joshua Carpenter, 26, of East Brickwalk Court, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine percursors, maintaining a dwelling for for a controlled substance, and obtaining property by false pretenses.

While accompanying probation officers on a search at the residence, officers found several items in the house used to make meth, said Davie Sheriff’s Chief J.D. Hartman. Johnson was arrested and the residence was sealed, pending arrival of an SBI unit trained in cleaning meth labs.

The investigation later revealed that the suspect may have known a search was forthcoming and had thrown items into the community dumpster, Hartman said. An active one-pot meth maker was found, and that area was also sealed off until cleaned and cleared by the SBI.

The SBI also disposed of the chemicals.