Owner of Kannapolis recycling business charged in metal investigation

  • Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013 1:33 a.m.

Authorities charged the owner of a Kannapolis recycling business with receiving metal without maintaining proper records, as required by law.

Always Recycling owner Christopher Lee Russell, 31, of Brantley Road, Kannapolis, was charged with 79 counts of misdemeanor failing to maintain records of regulated metals.


State law requires a business that buys scrap or other metals keep information about the seller and the types of metals purchased.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office arrested Russell Friday morning. He was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $2,500 bond and has since been released.

According to department reports, on three separate days, Russell made multiple transactions without conducting any of the required procedures including taking a photo, providing a vehicle description, obtaining identification of the seller or vehicle tag.

There were 12 “questionable” transactions on Oct. 1, six transactions on Oct. 2 and five transactions on Oct. 3, a department report said.

This is the second time Russell was charged with improper procedures. He was charged in June 2012 following an investigation. The June investigation involved record keeping for an illegal purchase of a catalytic converter.

During a 2011 inspection, Russell was unable to provide required records, a report said.

The law says a secondary metals recycler must keep and maintain required information not less than two years from the date of purchase of any regulated metals.

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