A Rockingham man is behind bars after police say they discovered he was operating a methamphetamine lab at a residence on Short Street.
According to a police report, James Brannon Taylor, 37, of 964 U.S. Highway 1 north, is being charged on one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, one count of possession/distribution of a methamphetamine precursor, one count of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place of a controlled substance, two counts of selling methamphetamine, one count of resisting a public officer and one count of assault on a government official.
On Oct. 11, 2012, reports said the Rockingham Police Department Vice/Narcotics Team and Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force investigated reports of a methamphetamine lab located at the residence of 85 Short St. in Rockingham.
The lab was reported being operated by James Brandon Taylor, police said, who was located at the scene.
“Our officers received a tip, they followed up on it, and went over there and discovered the lab,” Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly said. “They called the Rockingham Fire Department and (North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation) to assist in the decontamination of the suspect and collected all the items at the scene that were deemed to be hazardous.”
During the investigation and clean up, it was determined by the SBI that it was an active lab, Kelly said. A quantity of methamphetamine and the lab paraphernalia were then seized by the SBI.
On Tuesday afternoon, Taylor remained in the Richmond County Jail under a secure bond of $75,000.