9 arrested, 2 wanted in '7/11' meth manufacture sting

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. -- The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is looking for two people and has filed nearly 60 charges in a drug roundup targeting methamphetamine manufacturers.

The Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division has been conducting an investigation in Catawba County for the past several months. The investigation culminated in "Operation 7/11", an effort to arrest "one pot" methamphetamine manufacturers throughout the county.

A total of 11 suspects were identified, according to the Sheriff's Office, and a Catawba County Grand Jury returned 59 separate charges last Monday of manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of immediate precursors to manufacture methamphetamine.

Last Wednesday, officers began locating and arresting the indicted individuals.

Two suspects, Joseph Edward Morin and his mother, Georgia Lynn Sparks, both of Newton, are believed to have fled the state to avoid prosecution. If you have any information on their whereabouts, you're asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (828) 464-3112.

View the slideshow to see mugshots and charges of those arrested in Operation 7/11:


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