Lincoln County Sheriff's Office narcotics investigators arrested one man and are searching for a second man in connection with the latest in a series meth lab investigations on a single road in the Crouse community, northeast of Cherryville.
Detectives say its the third time in less than 12 months that a meth lab or meth lab precursors have been located on or near the 2400 block of Swanson Road. A tip led to the latest investigation, officials said.
Joseph Robert Creech, 50, of Swanson Road was charged with one felony count of manufacturing methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Aug. 20, 2016 and his first court appearance is Monday, Aug., 22, 2016 in Lincoln County District Court.
Detectives are still looking for a second subject, James Norman Merriam, 39, of Swanson Road. Crouse. He is wanted for Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Felony Possession of Heroin.
Citizens are urged to call Lincoln County Communication Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909 if the have any information as to Merriam’s whereabouts. Citizens can also call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606. All tips are investigated and callers can remain anonymous.