Rowan Co. man charged after meth lab found at home

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Joshua Eran Tarlton, 28, of Faith

FAITH, N.C. — A Rowan County man was arrested after authorities said a meth lab was found inside his home where young children were playing.

Joshua Eran Tarlton, 28, of Faith, was charged after deputies said they searched the suspect’s home on Church Street on Wednesday.

Rowan County deputies said they were called to the residence after someone reported unattended young children were playing in the roadway and yard.

Officers said the suspects gave authorities consent to search the house where they found an active one-pot methamphetamine lab in the basement.

Tarlton was arrested and the Rowan County Department of Social Services was called in to take care of the children.

The suspect was charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, two counts of trafficking methamphetamine and two counts of possession of precursor materials.

He is being held in the Rowan County Detention Center on $100,000 secured bond.

Authorities said the suspect has an extensive criminal record with convictions for possession of drug paraphernalia, larceny, assault on a female and possession of marijuana.