Crime & Courts

Lenoir man and woman jailed on meth charges

A Lenoir man and woman were jailed this week on methamphetamine-related charges after Caldwell County investigators said they found a drug manufacturing operation in their home.

James Clifford Sharpe, 39, and Wendy Lee Setzer, 40, of Grassy Knob Lane were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursor chemicals and maintaining a dwelling to keep/store a controlled substance, all felonies, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sharpe and Setzer were each jailed under a $25,000 secured bond and must appear in Caldwell County District Court on Monday.

Amber Nichole Moretz, 21, also was arrested and jailed, on a probation violation.

Investigators seized items from the home consistent with the “shake and bake” or “one pot” method for making methamphetamine, Sheriff Alan Jones said.

Investigators also found a small amount of powder methamphetamine that had been manufactured at the home, the sheriff said.

“Meth cooks are a plague to society,” Jones said in a news release announcing the arrests. “They are harmful to the environment, innocent children in the home and their neighbors. We are not going to tolerate their actions.”