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BURKE COUNTY, N.C. — Seventeen.

That’s how many meth labs the Burke County Narcotics Task Force has found since Jan. 1, the latest bust coming just a quarter of a mile from George Hildebrand Elementary School.

Deputies raided the 6215 George Hildebrand Drive home of 40-year-old Derrick Timothy Davis at 2 p.m. Thursday, according to Sgt. Rick Hasson. He was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine after investigators discovered a “shake and bake” lab in his mobile home.

“(A meth lab) is bad period,” Hasson said. “It makes it that much worse that it is that close to an elementary school.”

Hasson said investigators stopped by the home after Davis’ name appeared on a list of people who purchased pseudoephedrine, a key component of meth.

Bond was set at $25,000 for Davis.

This is second time Davis was charged with operating a meth lab. He was one of three charged in the Feb. 3 raid at 6618 Deerfield Lane, Connelly Springs.

Also arrested was Christina Deals, Hasson said. She was not charged in this incident, but had outstanding warrants on drug charges and skipping court dates in other counties.

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