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Police: Man ran meth lab near west Charlotte school

By Cameron Steele and Steve Lyttle
csteele@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police conducted a raid early Friday on a suspected methamphetamine lab near a west Charlotte elementary school.

Police activity began about 4 a.m. at a vacant residence on Mount Olive Church Road. The home, in the 4400 block of the road, is about 250 yards from Berryhill Elementary School.

Officers detained two people for questioning as they searched the house.

They arrested Miguel Fairchild Perez, 32.

He’s in custody on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors for methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers at the scene told reporters they had discovered a meth lab, apparently in a trailer or storage facility near the residence.

At 8 a.m., agents from the SBI arrived to help clean up the facility.

No students were at the school because Friday was a teacher workday in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Staff members were supposed to be working, but it wasn’t clear if police activity affected the workday.

Perez is in custody at the Mecklenburg County jail.

Steele: 704-358-5067 on Twitter: @steelecs
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