Feb. 5, 2013. On Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, Officers from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individuals associated with the clandestine methamphetamine laboratory found at 1297 NC-194 North in Vilas on Jan. 24, 2013.
Casey Ward, 25, and Lindsey Miller, 20, both of 1656 Meat Camp Road and Heather Nelson, 20, of 3296 Meat Camp Road, were arrested for their participation in the manufacture of methamphetamine. All three suspects are accused of supplying items needed to manufacture methamphetamine to Kevin Baird, of 1297 NC-194 Vilas. Ward and Miller were given a 25,000.00 bond and Nelson was given a $10,000 bond. All three suspects have a March 23, 2013 court date.
During the course of the investigation all three suspects were identified as “smurfs.” “Smurfs,” from law enforcement’s prospective, are individuals that go from store to store buying the maximum legal amount of pseudoephedrine products with the intent of distributing these products to be used in the production of methamphetamine.