Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: On Friday July 29, 2016 members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit were called to assist patrol deputies in identifying a possible methamphetamine lab at 120 Darlene Lane in Harmony. When the investigators arrived they interviewed a witness who had been hired to clean out the trailer. The witness stated while moving some boxes out of the house one of them began to smoke and gave off a funny odor.
When investigators approached the pile of debris, they noticed it was still smoking and saw immediately items used to manufacture methamphetamine. The area was secured and the Harmony Voluntary Fire Department and Iredell County EMS were called to stand by while sheriff’s office narcotics investigators and North Carolina SBI Agents continued to locate and uncover more debris from around the residence and a gulley adjacent to the residence.
In all approximately 200 “One Pot” labs were located and safely disposed of at the scene.
While dismantling the site, the investigators continued to gather information on the former tenants of the home and learned two small children had lived there as well. Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators were able to locate and interview the children and other witnesses on Monday August 1, 2016.
One of the suspects and former tenant of the hone, Jennifer Suzanne Grant, was already in the Iredell County Detention Center where she is under 50,000.00 dollars secured bond for charges stemming from her arrest on July 26, 2016 for Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Felony Possession of Methamphetamine Precursor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Narcotics investigators met with and interviewed Jennifer Grant on Tuesday August 2, 2016.
Based on evidence gathered on Darlene Lane, and statements from the witnesses, narcotics investigators were able to obtain 13 warrants for Felony Manufacture of Methamphetamine and 2 warrants for Felony Child Abuse on Jennifer Suzanne Grant. She was placed under $ 1,000,000 dollar secured bond on these new charges. The investigation into this incident is still ongoing and further charges are anticipated. Iredell County Environmental Services and other environmental agencies are also involved with the investigation as well to determine the safety of the area.