Bond set at $100,000 after meth lab bust; children taken from home
A Faith man was arrested Wednesday on charges of having a “one pot” methamphetamine laboratory in his basement, and his children were placed in the custody of the Rowan County Department of Social Services.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and Granite-Quarry Faith Police Department responded to a complaint at 1018 Church St., Faith, about unattended young children in the roadway and yard.
When officers arrived, they found Joshua Eran Tarlton, 28, coming out of the basement of 1018 Church St.
Officers were allowed to search the residence and discovered an active “one pot” meth lab in the basement. The residence was secured and Tarlton was arrested.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is in the process of obtaining a state search warrant for the residence.
The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Clandestine Laboratory Response Team will assist.
Tarlton will be charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, two counts of trafficking methamphetamine and two counts of possession of precursor materials. He was held on $100,000 bond in the Rowan County Detention Center. He has an extensive criminal history with convictions for possession of drug paraphernalia, felony larceny, assault on a female, possession of marijuana and numerous driving violations.