Surry Co. men arrested in drug raids


Joseph Harold Ezekiel and Micah Lamar Swanson (left to right) (Surry Co. Sheriff’s Office)

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SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — Two men accused of running meth labs was arrested within the same week in Mount Airy.

Joseph Harold Ezekiel, 50, of Mount Airy, was charged after deputies said they found a methamphetamine lab Wednesday at 139 Round Peak Church Road.

Micah Lamar Swanson, 36, of Ararat, was arrested last Thursday at his home after deputies said he sold meth to undercover officers as part of a 2-month investigation.

Officials said information from Swanson’s case led to Ezekiel’s arrest.

Deputies said Ezekiel was charged at his home on Deerfield Lane after deputies raided the Round Peak Church Road lab. Authorities said they found meth and meth-manufacturing equipment at his residence, indicating it was recently used for a meth lab.

Ezekiel faces one count each of manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of precursor chemicals, maintaining a drug dwelling and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Swanson was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine, sale and delivery of methamphetamine, possession of a precursor chemical for the production of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, two counts of maintaining a drug house and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both received $50,000 bonds. Ezekiel has court May 23 and Swanson court on April 25.

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