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Man arrested last year on meth charges jailed again

By Nathan Hardin
nhardin@salisburypost.com
MOORESVILLE — Deputies charged a Mooresville man Wednesday after authorities said they found methamphetamine inside his Hilltop Lane home.
It was the second time in just over a year that deputies have raided the home and found meth, a Rowan County Sheriff’s Office report said.
Richard Lee Jones, 40, was charged Wednesday with possession of meth, conspiracy to manufacture meth, maintaining a dwelling for keeping drugs and possession of precursor materials for making meth.
He was in jail Thursday night under a $25,000 bond.
Inside the home, deputies found pseudoephedrine and lithium, warrants showed. Both are key ingredients in manufacturing meth.
After a raid at the same home in April 2011, deputies said they found a meth lab inside the house and another lab inside a car owned by Jones.
He was arrested on several meth-related charges at the time. Authorities said those charges have not yet been resolved.
The arrest came shortly after Jones’ girlfriend, Jessica Nicole Goble, went to the Magistrate’s Office to seek a warrant for the 40-year-old’s arrest.
According to warrants, Goble was met by a Rowan County deputy at the Magistrate’s Office on June 25 and she said Jones had assaulted her.
She alleged he grabbed her around the throat and choked her until “she began to go unconscious,” an arrest report said.
She told officers the incident occurred during an argument.
Records show Jones was arrested later that night on a charge of felony assault by strangulation.
While he was in jail, officers obtained the warrant and searched the Hilltop Lane home. The additional $25,000 bond was added to his existing $5,000 bond.
According to an arrest warrant for Jones, he conspired “with Jessica Nicole Goble to commit the felony of manufacture methamphetamine.”
No charges have been filed against Goble.
Contact reporter Nathan Hardin at 704-797-4246.

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