TAYLORSVILLE -- Eight people face multiple felony charges after Alexander County authorities say they found methamphetamine labs inside two residences last week -- including one house that is near a middle school.
The sheriffs office says deputies and agents from the SBI, armed with search warrants, raided residences last Wednesday in the 1100 block of Paul Payne Store Road and the 1400 block of White Plains Church Road, a short distance southeast of Taylorsville. The second residence is a few hundred feet from East Alexander Middle School.
Authorities said they found evidence of meth being produced at each residence.
East Alexander Middle went on lockdown for a short time during the arrests, and parents of students were contacted by telephone with information about the reason for the lockdown.
All eight were charged with three felonies -- possession of a controlled substance; maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance; and manufacturing a controlled substance. They were identified as: Julie Anderson, 42, Hiddenite; Jason Cook, 26, Hiddenite; Courtney Hill, 22, Taylorsville; Derrick Laws, 32, Taylorsville; Sammie Minter, 35, Taylorsville; Jason Mullen, 27, Taylorsville; Rita Skipper, 49, Taylorsville; and Stephanie Thomas, 36, Hiddenite.
Detectives say Laws also was charged with manufacture, sale or delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.
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