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Man charged with operating Rowan meth lab

Rowan County sheriff’s investigators charged a 30-year-old man after someone discovered a meth lab on Wednesday in an abandoned mobile home in the 1500 block of Ribelin Road in Salisbury and notified authorities.

Investigators found four one-pot, or “shake and bake” reaction vessels, along with other chemicals used to make methamphetamine. Investigators said they also found about 400 grams of liquid methamphetamine.

A site safety officer and a chemist from the State Bureau of Investigation assisted at the scene.

Salisbury police arrested Joseph Andrew Daniels on Thursday at the Super 8 Motel on Bendix Drive.

Sheriff’s investigators charged Daniels with manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, trafficking more than 400 grams of methamphetamine by possession, trafficking more than 400 grams of methamphetamine by manufacture, and two counts of possession of meth precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Daniels was taken to the Rowan County jail under a $100,000.00 secured bond.

Daniels was also served with two orders for arrest for failure to appear and placed under an additional $3,000 bond.

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @jmarusak
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