Deputies find remnants of meth labs, bomb making materials

Published 1:23 pm Wednesday, November 16, 2016

SALISBURY — A Salisbury couple are accused of possessing 10 “one-pot” meth labs at their Old Mocksville Road home, along with bomb making materials. Investigators received a tip through Crime Stoppers.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Adam Seth Anderson, 32, of the 5500 block of Old Mocksville Road, with felony possession/manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction, felony manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance, felony maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances, and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

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

Sebrina Lechel Carpenter, 36, also of the 5500 block of Old Mocksville Road, was charged with felony manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance. She has since been released under a $2,500 secured bond.

Officials said they received information through Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers that Anderson and Carpenter specifically were involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine and possibly the manufacture of illegal explosives.

Members of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit began looking into the matter.

Detectives were able to determine there were numerous purchases of pseudoephedrine, a main ingredient in the manufacture of meth, made by both Anderson and Carpenter.

A third person, later identified as Charles Ramsey, was involved with numerous purchases of pseudoephedrine. Ramsey also lives at the same address as Carpenter and Anderson.

All three lived at or were related to the address, officials said.

Detectives also learned there had been at least two calls for service at the residence involving firearms. Once enough information was obtained, a search warrant was issued for the residence, 5520 Old Mocksville Road.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Salisbury Police Department, Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office (Bomb Squad), and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation served the search warrant.

In and around the residence, detectives found the remains of at least 10 one-pot meth labs, and material used to manufacture incendiary devices. They also found a ledger that contained numerous bomb making recipes.

Detectives found meth precursor materials and ammunition.

Authorities say Anderson is a convicted felon, and is therefore prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition by federal law.

The materials that were determined to be of an incendiary nature were removed by the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad and rendered safe on site. All materials determined to be used in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine were removed from the property by SBI officials.

According to warrants, Anderson was in possession of potassium nitrate and sugar, which are ingredients used in making an incendiary device. He also had sulfuric acid, ammonium nitrate and pseudoephedrine and other items used to manufacture meth.

A warrant said Carpenter conspired with both Anderson and Ramsey to manufacture methamphetamine.