A Statesville mother and two Georgia men were arrested last week and accused of trying to set up a methamphetamine operation, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office says.
The woman faces additional charges for having two children in the home where the alleged drug operation was being planned, authorities say.
Deputies say they discovered the alleged operation last Thursday when they went to the home of Amy Pearson Drum, 35. Investigators say they were able to search her residence without a warrant because she is on probation for previous offenses.
Authorities say they discovered items in the home that were suspicious, and deputies called for help from the crime lab chemist and narcotics detectives. According to deputies, the investigators found materials that could be used to start a meth lab.
Investigators also say they learned that Drum had an outstanding warrant for arrest on charges that she failed to appear in court for traffic offenses.
Drum was charged with possession and distribution of methamphetamine precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was jailed under $61,000 bond.
Also charged were two men from Cedar Town, Ga. -- Charles Edward Cash, 49, and Michael Dean Guffin, 51. Deputies say Cash was a fugitive from Georgia who was wanted for an alleged probation violation. He was on probation for charges stemming from a Georgia meth operation, according to investigators.
Cash and Guffin also were charged with possession and distribution of meth precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia. They are jailed under $60,000 bond.
On Wednesday, Drum also was charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, the sheriff’s office says. Authorities say two children under the age of 12 were in the house when investigators allegedly discovered the meth-production materials. Her bond total was increased to $66,000, the sheriff’s office says.