Sheriff: School employee arrested for meth manufacturing

Sheriff: School employee arrested for meth manufacturing

Credit: Caldwell County Sheriff's Office

Marc Hodges

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 2:18 AM

HUDSON, N.C. -- A Hudson man is facing numerous charges related to methamphetamine manufacturing following a joint investigation by the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office and the Hudson Police Department.

Marc Delane Hodges, 50, was arrested Sunday at Charlotte Douglas Airport in his first class seat on the plane returning him from a week-long vacation in Cozumel.

Caldwell County Sheriff Alan C. Jones says Hodges was on the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation's radar for meth smurfing-- purchasing ephedrine products from several stores with the intent of manufacturing meth.

Hodges' household trash held methamphetamine precursor chemicals and paraphernalia used to make meth, officials say, leading authorities to identify him as a prime suspect.

The SBI assisted the Caldwell County Ice Unit with the execution of the search warrant at Hodges' apartment, which led to the issuance of an arrest warrant.

The search warrant led officials to discover a "red p" lab-- an old fashioned way of manufacturing the drug.

Hodges' car, a 2002 BMW, was seized during the investigation.

Hodges was employed as a teacher assistant with the Caldwell County School System until the charges against him surfaced. He was employed with the district in January 2009 as a substitute teacher before coming employed full time August 2012 at the Caldwell Career Center Middle College.

Hodges is charged with felony manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursor chemicals and maintaining a dwelling to keep and store a controlled substance.

His bond is set at $150,000.

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