Crime & Courts

Caldwell man arrested on meth charges

A Caldwell County man with a previous felony conviction has been arrested on methamphetamine-related charges, authorities say.

Jerry Duane Anderson, 27, of Hudson, was arrested Friday after an investigation by agents from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, authorities said. During the investigation, detectives said, undercover agents bought meth from Anderson.

The sheriff’s office said detectives seized Anderson’s Jeep Cherokee on Friday, when he drove to the Caldwell County Courthouse on a previous warrant for traffic-related charges. Detectives said a search of the vehicle yielded a shotgun, a rifle and a handgun, along with methamphetamine, packaging materials and a digital weighing scale.

Agents then got a search warrant for Anderson’s residence on Beach Road and said they found additional packaging materials.

Anderson was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine; maintaining a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance; and three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was jailed under $265,000 bond, authorities said.

“This is not the first time our drug agents have had to deal with him,” Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones said. “He’s looking at serious charges, and we are going to see them through.”

North Carolina prison records show Anderson was convicted on drug possession and other charges in 2009.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation is continuing, with additional charges possible against Anderson.