Crime & Courts

Lincoln County man arrested on meth charges

James Norman Merriam
James Norman Merriam Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

A 38-year-old man has been arrested in Lincoln County and is suspected of operating a “one-pot” methamphetamine lab in an outbuilding in Crouse where he also lived.

Investigators say James Norman Merriam, 38, had been buying the decongestant pseudoephedrine prior to his arrest using someone else’s identity. A prior meth conviction made it illegal for him to purchase or possess the drug, according to the report.

Those purchases tipped off narcotics investigators, according to the report. Investigators got a search warrant for a residence near the 2400 block of Swanson Road. A video surveillance camera system was set up outside, the report said.

Investigators were able to enter the outbuilding behind the main residence on Friday and seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to the report. Details about how the officers entered the building were not included in the report.

Merriam was charged with one felony count each of possession of methamphetamine, identity theft, and obtaining property by false pretenses. He was also charged with three felony counts of possessing pseudoephedrine with a prior meth conviction. Bond was set at $60,000.

Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms