Officers in Rowan County discover meth lab during probation search

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Christopher Douglas Earnhardt

GOLD HILL, N.C. — Officers in Rowan County discovered a methamphetamine lab during a probation search.

Christopher  Earnhardt, 34, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of trafficking and manufacturing meth on Tuesday.

When authorities went to find Earnhardt for a probation search on Sept. 18, 2014, they  observed an open backpack sitting on the floor of the front porch.  Officers saw a soda bottle containing a clear liquid with white sludge and pieces of black metal in plain view.  There was also a canister of Coleman camping fuel in the backpack.

After seeing items used to manufacture meth, officers notified the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit.

Police received a warrant to search Earnhardt’s home located at 2475 Liberty Road.

Earnhardt arrived during the execution of the search warrant and said the meth lab belonged to him.

He was placed under arrest and his bond was set at $350,000.

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