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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 18:56

Suspected cook from Rockingham meth lab arrested in Wadesboro

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ROCKINGHAM — A man is the Anson County Jail on charges related to a meth lab found by police two months ago.


Christopher Ray Sims, 29, is accused of cooking methamphetamine in a home on Robinson Street, according to court documents.

Warrants show Sims with addresses both on Robinson Street and White Store Road in Wadesboro.

According to a search warrant affidavit, investigators with the Rockingham Police Department were told that Sims was cooking “old school” meth and “shake and bake,” and was getting other people to buy boxes of pseudoephedrine, one of the main ingredients which, by law, is limited in purchase.

Investigators say they also learned Sims was the boyfriend of Tiffany Strickland, who had outstanding warrants for purchasing pseudoephedrine after a meth conviction.

Officers said Strickland was seen going into and coming out of a house and getting into a truck.

Police conducted a traffic stop and reportedly found meth on Strickland’s person and in the vehicle.

Investigators eventually obtained a warrant for a search of the house where they reportedly found a variety of items used in manufacturing meth.

A warrant for Sims’ arrest was issued 8-23 and he was served Oct. 16 by the Wadesboro Police Department.

Sims is charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine and six counts of possession of a meth precursor for allegedly having the following chemicals: lithium; a petroleum-based organic solvent; pseudoephedrine; hydrochloric acid; ammonium nitrate; and sodium hydroxide.

Court records show he is also facing charges in Anson County of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is being held on a combined $155,000 secured bond.

Sims has court appearances scheduled for Oct. 24 in Richmond County and Oct. 29 in Anson County.

Strickland’s charges are still pending: three counts of possession of pseudoephedrine with a prior meth conviction; possession of methamphetamine; simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Her next court date is Nov. 14.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety show Sims only has two prior convictions: possession of drug paraphernalia in 2013; and misdemeanor larceny in 2015. Both were in Anson County.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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