SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — Deputies say five people were charged after a meth lab was raided Friday in Ararat and charges are pending against others including the mother of a 2-year-old living at the residence.
Sheriff Graham Atkinson said Saturday that the search of the home at 109 Charles Beck Lane, resulted in the seizure of a significant amount of methamphetamine.
“This was an operation that was selling the product in bulk,” he said. “Usually we find the meth in packages for individual sale, but at this residence we found the meth packaged in plastic containers.”
Officials did not say the exact amount seized, citing an ongoing investigation.
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Deputies say serving the search warrant was part of a multi-pronged investigation into methamphetamine production in the county, one which has already resulted in other arrests.
“We keep connecting people and investigating,” Atkinson said, according to a prepared statement. “In addition to the arrests we made of the five individuals who were at the home Friday, we will be making other arrests in connection with this lab.”
Atkinson said there were six people in the home Friday and with the exception of the 17-year-old, who was allowed to accompany her toddler to the hospital for decontamination and examination, all were arrested.
Charges against the mother are pending and will be expanded by the results of the Department of Social Services’ investigation into child endangerment since she and her child were living in the meth lab.
The home occupants, Donald Ray Beck, 43, and his wife, Angela Michelle Beck, 41, were both charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a drug house and possession of precursor chemicals for the production of methamphetamine.
All five of the home occupants were charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bond for the Becks was set at $150,000 each.
Also arrested were Andrew Clay Edmonds, 19, of the residence, Steven Edward Gwyn, 36, of 136 Melissa Drive, Mount Airy, and Jennifer Lora Golding, 27, of Badgett Avenue, Mount Airy. In addition to conspiracy and possesion of drug paraphernalia, they were also charged with possession of methamphetamine.
“A lot of processed meth, precursor chemicals and a one-pot style lab were found,” Atkinson said. “There were also long and short guns in the residence, as well as drug paraphernalia such as pipes, needles, etc.”
The county’s HAZ MAT team was called to assist with decontamination of the child, who was taken to Northern Hospital of Surry County for evaluation. DSS was called to investigate the child’s presence in the lab.
“We anticipate charging the mother as well as several other people in connection with the meth lab in the coming days,” Atkinson said.
Sheriff Graham Atkinson said there are more suspects involved in the case as more arrests to come but doesn’t believe this is a sign of a meth lab epidemic.
“I don’t think it’s really any worse than it was several years ago it’s just that we’ve kind of hit a hot streak on these right now,” Atkinson said.
The 2-year-old inside the home was treated and released and appears to have no signs of harm from meth exposure.