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11 face charges in Catawba meth probe

Catawba County authorities say they have arrested nine people and are looking for two more in connection with a monthslong investigation into methamphetamine production and sales.

The arrests, which took place Wednesday, were part of what the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office has dubbed Operation Seven/Eleven. Authorities said the investigation was aimed at suspects using the “one pot” method of producing methamphetamine.

Investigators said the suspects bought precursor items from businesses in and around Catawba County. They also said Catawba County ranked third in North Carolina in 2012 for meth labs dismantled by authorities, and the county ranked fourth last year.

The 11 suspects face 59 charges, investigators said.

They were identified as:

• Jacob Rayce Carr, Newton, charged with six counts of manufacturing methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; trafficking in methamphetamine by manufacture and possession; and possession of precursor materials. Jailed under $325,000 bond.

• Kevin Matthew Cook, Catawba, charged with three counts of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; and trafficking in methamphetamine by possession and manufacture. Bond information not available.

• Julia Marie Flowers, Catawba, charged with seven counts of manufacturing methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; trafficking methamphetamine by manufacturing and possession; and possession of immediate precursors to manufacture methamphetamine. Jailed under $121,000 bond.

• Brandon Kyle Hensley, Maiden, charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine. Bond information not available.

• William Jonathan McNeil, Newton, charged with one count of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Bond information not available.

• Samantha Lynn Metz, of Maiden, charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine. Bond information not available.

• Joseph Edward Morin and his mother, Georgia Lynn Starks, both of Newton, face five counts apiece of manufacturing methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. They have left Catawba County, according to authorities, and have been listed with the National Crime Information Center as fugitives.

• Ashley Nicole Reynolds, Claremont, charged with 13 counts of manufacturing methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; trafficking methamphetamine by manufacture and possession; and possession of immediate precursors to manufacture methamphetamine. Jailed under $50,000 bond.

• Wesley Michael Sain, Hickory, charged with four counts of manufacturing methamphetamine; trafficking methamphetamine by manufacture and possession; possession of immediate precursors to methamphetamine. Jailed under $75,000 bond.

• Cody Lee Weiss, Newton, charged with 13 counts of manufacturing methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; trafficking methamphetamine by manufacture and possession; and possession of immediate precursors to manufacture methamphetamine. Bond information not available.

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