S.C. man charged after apparent meth lab found in Salisbury home

  • Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 10:20 a.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 1:41 p.m.
Salisbury Police Officer P.K. Schmeltzer wears a hazardous materials suit to collect and itemize evidence taken from a Bell Street home where a meth lab was found. The officer is holding cold tablets, a common ingredient used in the making of meth. Shavonne Potts/Salisbury Post
Salisbury Police Officer P.K. Schmeltzer wears a hazardous materials suit to collect and itemize evidence taken from a Bell Street home where a meth lab was found. The officer is holding cold tablets, a common ingredient used in the making of meth. Shavonne Potts/Salisbury Post

A South Carolina man is behind bars this morning, authorities say, after they busted a meth lab inside a Bell Street home.

Brian Keith Ford, 22, of Savanna Creek Way, St. Stevens, S.C., was charged with felony possession of immediate precursor chemicals and misdemeanor maintaining a dwelling place for controlled substances. Investigators went to the home, in the 1200 block of Bell Street, which is located off Mildred Avenue in Salisbury.


Salisbury Police received a phone call from a neighbor who said they smelled a strong chemical odor and saw several propane canisters behind the home. The neighbor said they’d seen meth labs on television and believed there was one at the Bell Street home.

The narcotics unit went inside the home shortly before 9 p.m. Monday and discovered contents that led them to believe it was in fact a meth lab.

Salisbury Police investigators and agents with the SBI collected and itemized evidence taken from the home just before noon today. Officers seized plastic bottles used typically in what is referred to as one-pot meth lab. The officers collected several bottles, muriatic acid or hydrochloric acid, cold tablets and other items.

The one-pot meth labs use a process called “shake and bake” where the makers mix cold pills with other chemicals and shake the contents in two liter bottles.

Rowan investigators went into a Rockwell mobile home just five months ago where they found six one-pot meth labs inside.

Ford remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

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