Third meth lab busted in Polk this year

Published 3:36 pm Friday, November 18, 2011

Suspect recently sentenced in Grover break-ins

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) busted the third meth lab this year in Polk County on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Officers were on the scene cleaning up chemicals used in making methamphetamine most of Friday, Nov. 18. The lab was discovered at 191 Flat Rock Hill Road in the Lynn community.

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Timothy William McCurry, of 191 Flat Rock Hill Road, Lynn, was arrested and charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance, according to sheriff’s office reports.

Bradley Kyle Benton, of 112 3rd Avenue, Conestee, S.C., was arrested and charged with one count of felony manufacturing of a schedule II controlled substance, according to sheriff’s records.

Also arrested was Megan Brooke Wright, of 9 Roy Court, Piedmont, S.C., who was charged with driving a vehicle with no operator’s license, according to the sheriff’s office.

McCurry was sentenced on Nov. 9 in connection with his Sept. 2 arrest on charges of breaking and/or entering and larceny after break/enter for stealing copper from Grover Industries. Grover is located near 191 Flat Rock Hill Road. McCurry’s six-to-eight-month sentence was suspended for him to serve two terms of 18 months of supervised probation.

Polk County Sheriff Donald Hill said McCurry’s probation/parole officer went to McCurry’s residence on Thursday, Nov. 17 for a check and became suspicious of McCurry’s behavior and observed items that could be drug related. The sheriff’s office was contacted and officers evacuated McCurry’s parents from the home once they discovered the meth lab, Hill said.

Officers secured the scene the night of Nov. 17 and the sheriff’s office and SBI agents with the meth lab team executed a search warrant at the property on Friday, Nov. 18. The Tryon Fire Department was also on scene to help with the cleanup.

The meth lab was classified as medium size, investigators said.

This is Polk County’s third meth lab bust this year, after not having one since 2007.

The largest meth lab in Polk County’s history was discovered in Sunny View on Aug. 24 and another meth lab was discovered in Green Creek on Nov. 1.

McCurry is being held at the Polk County jail under a $100,000 bond. Benton is being held under a $50,000 bond and Wright received a $400 bond.