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: