Fake ghost hunting story leads to meth lab bust
CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. — A fake story about ghost hunting led Caldwell County deputies to discover a meth-making operation in the woods, according to WCNC-TV.
Sonny Clay Hyatt, 39, allegedly called 911 Monday, saying he was lost in the woods.
The caller said he was investigating ghost stories with two friends when he somehow became separated from the group.
Deputies reportedly used his cell phone signal to track him down to the woods off Goat Farm Road.
Caldwell County deputies found the suspect and started questioning him further, saying they suspected more to his story.
Hyatt eventually told authorities that the ghost story was made up. He said he and two friends were in the woods, but they were actually trying to make meth. He said they were afraid to do it at his apartment.
The suspects allegedly got into an argument involving meth and left separately, leaving Hyatt alone in the woods.
Deputies said they later found meth-making material inside Hyatt’s apartment. All three suspects were arrested.
Hyatt, along with 38-year-old Thomas Glenn Imler Jr. and 31-year-old Eric John Schmidt, were all charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine precursor chemicals.
Deputies booked them into the Caldwell County Detention Center on $50,000 bonds. They all have court planned for Thursday.