China Grove man with history of meth possession found with one-pot meth lab

Published 11:43 am Thursday, August 17, 2017

By Shavonne Walker

CHINA GROVE — Rowan County authorities charged a China Grove man with drug possession after discovering a one-pot meth lab on his property.

It’s not the first time the man has been in possession of methamphetamines, records show.

Matthew Alan Yoder, 40, of the 200 block of Bostian Heights Street, was charged with two counts of felony manufacturing a controlled substance Schedule I; one count of felony maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance; one count of felony possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance Schedule II; and seven counts of misdemeanor failure to appear or comply.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Granite Quarry-Faith Joint Police Authority and State Bureau of Investigation served the warrant at his home Wednesday. In addition to the one-pot lab, investigators found substances used in meth production in an outbuilding beside the home.

Officials also charged Kimberly Michelle Nance with felony manufacturing a controlled substance Sschedule I and felony possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance Schedule I. She remains in the Rowan County jail under a $10,000 secured bond.

In 2016, Yoder was accused of using a small pocketknife to remove an anti-theft device from a pair of Nike athletic sandals at Kohl’s department store on Klumac Road. Authorities said he had been banned from the store previously.

During his arrest for that incident, officers found Yoder in possession of methamphetamine, two Xanax pills and other drug paraphernalia.

Yoder has a pending 2016 case as a habitual felon, charged with felony drug possession, trespassing and removing an anti-theft device. He also has a pending 2017 case for a driving infraction and felony drug possession.

He remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $70,000 secured bond.