WATAUGA COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – A Boone man was arrested after three meth labs were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop, according to the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.
On April 18, a vehicle search was conducted at the scene by deputies, but was halted when they located what appeared to be a methamphetamine laboratory.
Narcotics detectives responded to the scene and began processing the evidence. During the course of the search, multiple “Shake and Bake” methamphetamine laboratories were found, along with an active HCL gas generator containing an unknown liquid, which officials say was producing a white cloud of smoke from the bottle.
Because of the violent nature of the liquid, the decision was made to stop the search until the State Bureau of Investigation’s Clandestine Laboratory Response Team could respond the following morning.
The following day, detectives, along with the Clan Lab Response Team, continued to process the multiple methamphetamine labs and neutralize the hazardous chemicals. In total, deputies say 3 methamphetamine labs and the HCL gas generator were located during the search of the vehicle.
Ian Clemment Corneck, 26, was arrested on warrants for 6 counts of attempting to exceed pseudoephedrine limits.
The Clan Lab Response Team also assisted in processing 4 additional methamphetamine lab dump sites that narcotics detectives had seized which were located in the Zionville and Meat Camp areas.
“The volatile and unpredictable nature of these methamphetamine laboratories is extremely hazardous to our officers who encounter these chemicals on a fairly regular basis. Law enforcement officers across the state are working hard with state legislators to enact tougher laws pertaining to the control of pseudoephedrine and to make pseudoephedrine a prescription only medication. Pseudoephedrine is the key component in manufacturing methamphetamine, without it, meth cannot be produced,” Sgt. Jason Zaragoza said of the bust.
In addition to the 6 counts of attempting to exceed pseudoephedrine limits that Corneck was arrested on, he was also charged with manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors, maintaining a vehicle CS, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was taken to the Watauga County Detention Facility and placed under a $105,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in District Court in Boone on May 30.