A Maiden man was placed behind bars Wednesday after police said they located ingredients used for producing methamphetamine inside his residence.
Matthew Ryan Minton, 24, of 502 Potts Street, is currently in the Catawba County Detention Center without bond, pending a first court appearance today.
Officers with the Maiden Police Department said they went to the home to investigate an unrelated incident when they peered inside a wooden outbuilding on the property and discovered a plastic two-liter bottle that had been used to make a one-pot meth lab.
Officers called agents from the State Bureau of Investigation to the scene, who aided in the cleanup process.
Minton was charged with one felony count of manufacturing methamphetamine.
The suspect maintains offenses on his criminal record from Ashe County and Wilkes County, which include drug use and possession of drug paraphernalia as well as convictions for being drunk and disorderly and breaking and entering.
The charges date back to 2006, according to public records on the North Carolina Department of Correction website.