Denton man charged with operating methamphetamine laboratory

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DENTON, N.C. — A Denton man on Monday faced additional drug charges Monday after authorities found a methamphetamine laboratory in his residence.

Detectives with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics unit obtained an arrest warrant on James Dakota Smith of 314 Vanhoy Drive for two counts of trafficking methamphetamine after a previous drug investigation that occurred on May 4 at Smith’s residence.  On May 4, detectives executed a search warrant at Smith’s residence and located a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory and charged Smith with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursor chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

Detectives and agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation seized approximately 425 grams of an unknown substance.

Smith was charged on July 06 after detectives confirmed that the substance seized from Smith’s residence on May 4 tested positive for methamphetamine.

Smith, who was already in jail, received an additional $500,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in court July 30.