Attempt to serve NC man leads police to meth lab

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Joseph Orland Murdoch

SALISBURY, N.C. — Officers from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office went to a home in Salisbury Monday to serve a civil paper, but ended up arresting and charging a man with multiple counts of manufacturing and distributing  methamphetamine.

When police arrived at 1153 Twin Chapel Drive to serve Joseph Orland Murdoch, 34,  they noticed several canisters of Coleman camping fuel, a bottle of sulfuric acid and a plastic two-liter bottle that had the top cut off; all items that are typically used to manufacture meth.

Officers then notified the Rowan County Special Investigations Unit to search the home.

Investigators found several items used in the “one-pot” process to produce meth, as well as a “one-pot” lab and four hydrochloric acid generators.

Murdoch was arrested and his bond is set at $101,000.

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