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Man arrested in Rowan County after two-month meth investigation

Rowan County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man in connection with a methamphetamine investigation that spanned two months.

Jessie Don Woodhull was stopped on Interstate 85 just north of the Cabarrus County line, and charged with numerous counts of meth production and possession in both Rowan and Richmond counties, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

The investigation began in early August, when a mobile meth lab caught fire in Richmond County. Woodhull was taken to a burn center and treated, the sheriff’s office said. He was released and then fled before warrants could be served.

Two weeks later, deputies investigated another meth lab in Rowan County and arrested Joshua Eran Tarlton, the sheriff’s office said. Tarlton told authorities that Woodhull was also involved, according to the sheriff’s office.

In late September, the Rowan County sheriff’s office and the State Bureau of Investigation conducted an undercover sting. Woodhull sold meth to an officer, the sheriff’s office said. Before he could be arrested, he was able to escape on foot.

On Tuesday, deputies were told Woodhull would be at a Pilot truck stop in Kannapolis. They then followed him onto I-85 before pulling him over, the sheriff’s office said.

Dunn: 704-358-5235; Twitter: @andrew_dunn
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