DOBSON — Two Lowgap residents have been charged with felony violations stemming from their alleged operation of a methamphetamine lab, the Surry County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday afternoon.
On Wednesday, county narcotics officers searched the residence of Robert Dee Anthony, 52, and Sandy Mae Collins, 34, at 1354 Wildlife Club Road in Lowgap, as part of an ongoing investigation.
“This was an extension of an investigation that has been going on for several months, where we have been able to tie meth labs one to another,” Sheriff Graham Atkinson said Thursday of efforts to curtain the drug’s production in the county. A number of lab operators have been implicated so far.
During Wednesday’s search, officers allegedly located a working one-pot meth lab, several HCL (hydrochloric) generators that are an essential part of the cooking process and lithium strips used in the manufacturing of meth. Other precursor chemicals, smoking pipes and packaging material were located as well, with Atkinson saying that this included blister packaging for ephedrine and Sudafed linked to meth production.
In addition, a small quantity of marijuana allegedly was located on Anthony’s person at the time of his arrest.
Officers further allegedly discovered several firearms during the search, including four rifles — a .30-06 caliber, a .243 caliber and two .22-calibers, all of which were loaded.
Along with the rifles, officers seized a Northern Arms .22 magnum handgun after Anthony attempted to flush it down the household toilet.
Anthony and Collins were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursor chemicals, maintaining a drug house, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Each was held under a $ 40,000 secured bond.