08/28/09 — Meth lab found in home, suspect hiding

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Meth lab found in home, suspect hiding

By Nick Hiltunen
Published in News on August 28, 2009 1:46 PM

A Stevens Mill Road man indicted in April on drug charges is now accused of running a clandestine meth lab out of his home, authorities said.

George Blake Grantham, 34, is in hiding from after Wayne County Sheriff's Office and state authorities searched his home, Capt. Tom Effler said.

Grantham is charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, authorities said.

Grantham also was indicted in April on a charge related to methamphetamine when he lived on Falling Creek Church Road. He was also charged with maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and driving with a revoked license, according to court records.

Effler said he was not sure if those charges led to an arrest warrant that turned up initial evidence of methamphetamine production.

"Deputy Dan Truhan went to the suspect's residence to serve an arrest warrant, and while at the residence, he saw some paraphernalia that indicated a possibility of manufacturing of meth," Effler said.

At that point, Cpl. Chris Peedin, who specializes in the investigation of methamphetamine users and labs, was contacted.

Peedin obtained a search warrant, Effler said.

Then the Drug Squad corporal and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation responded to 3222 Stevens Mill Road, where investigators found enough evidence to charge Grantham with methamphetamine production, Effler said.