Shannon Nance faces meth charges

Meth labs declining, says sheriff
Dec. 05, 2012 @ 11:22 AM


A Thomasville man was arrested Saturday after deputies with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office found items used to make methamphetamine in his home and car.
According to a press release, deputies arrived at 1116 Lacy Hepler Road Lot 24 in an attempt to locate a vehicle suspected of being involved in a High Point larceny. After finding the vehicle in the driveway, deputies knocked on the door and heard someone running out the back door.
"High Point asked us to try and locate a vehicle involved in a larceny and our guys went to this address," Sheriff David Grice said. "When they knocked on the door they heard running around."
Shannon James Nance, 39, of the same address, was found hiding in the backyard, but gave officers a fictitious name they knew was not his, the release stated. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found two bags containing several items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
"We found precursor chemicals in his possession," said Grice. "There is a whole laundry list of items you can get at the hardware store and the grocery store to use to make meth with."
Due to the presence of meth making chemicals, deputies contacted the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation for assistance. A search of the residence found additional items used in manufacturing methamphetamine in the Nance's bedroom.
Deputies arrested Nance, charging him with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursor chemicals and resist, obstruct and delay an officer. He was placed in the Davidson County Jail and issued a $250,000 secured bond.
Grice said the presence of methamphetamine in Davidson County reached a peak around five years ago, but has steadily declined lately.
"We were busting around 13 to 15 labs a year in 2005-06," Grice said. "We made some big arrests and a big roundup in 2009. It has really died down since."

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