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Meth Suspect Mug Released PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 08:39

The Watauga Sheriff's Department has released the mug shot of Jacob Kent Stanberry, 32 years of age, who was stopped Saturday on the NC 105 by-pass to check a fictitious license tag. During the traffic stop, officers observed various chemicals inside the vehicle and detained Stanberry until Detectives from the

Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations arrived and quickly determined the chemicals were precursor chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Because of the volatility of these chemicals, officers secured the vehicle and applied for, and received, a search warrant for the vehicle.
During the execution of the search warrant the following day, components of two separate clandestine methamphetamine laboratories were discovered. The components for one—of two—of the clandestine methamphetamine laboratories were located in the front passenger area of the vehicle, and the components for another larger clandestine methamphetamine laboratory were located in the trunk of the vehicle.
During the execution of the search warrant a chemist from the NC SBI Laboratory which was on scene, to assist with the search, collected approximately 1500 milliliters of “meth oil,” which is the form the methamphetamine deemed to be the last stage prior to finishing the process of manufacturing methamphetamine – which could yield approximately two and one-half (2 ½ Lbs.) pounds of finished product. The “street value” of the final product is estimated at over $100,000.00.
Stanberry has been charged with possession of precursor chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine with a bond of $10,000, and Sheriff Len Hagaman says charges of manufacturing methamphetamine are being drawn this morning and more arrests are expected as the far reaching investigation is still ongoing.



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