'Shake & bake' lab lands Lenoir woman behind bars

'Shake & bake' lab lands Lenoir woman behind bars

Credit: Caldwell County Detention Center/Caldwell County Sheriff's Office

Rachel Colvard Brooks.

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 2:14 PM

LENOIR, N.C. -- The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office arrested a 40-year-old Lenoir woman who's accused of manufacturing methamphetamine from her home.

On Monday, narcotic officers with the Sheriff's Office Ice Unit served a search warrant upon the residence of 40-year-old Rachel Colvard Brooks.

Brooks' home, located in the 3500 block of Brook Street in Lenoir, was found to contain nine "one-pot" or "shake and bake" meth labs in the basement.

Authorities say Brooks' lab was capable of producing large amounts of finished methamphetamine.

Ice Agents investigated Brooks for several weeks after receiving information that she was manufacturing the drug inside her home. A search of the NPLEX (National Precursor Log Exchange) system showed Brooks had made numerous purchases of Ephedrine-based products.

Equipment, precursor chemicals, approximately a quarter-ounce of powdered-meth, cash and drug paraphernalia was seized from Brooks' home in the raid.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation's Clandestine Team disposed of more than 2000 milliliters of meth oil waste, which officials say indicates the lab had been producing a large quantity of finished product.

Brooks was booked in to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond on the charges of felonious manufacturing methamphetamine, felonious possession of methamphetamine and felonious maintain a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.

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