Repeat offender busted in meth lab raid

Dec. 05, 2012 @ 05:46 PM

A man arrested in connection with a meth lab Wednesday has a previous history with meth and other arrests.

The Union County Sheriff's Office arrested Jerry Wayne Helms, Jr., 35, Wednesday after the execution of a search warrant at 4915 Beulah Church Road in Weddington with the help of the State Bureau of Investigation.

"They found a one pot meth lab," Lt. David Linto of the Union County Sheriff's Office said.

In addition to the lab, deputies found several grams of finished product, scales, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.

"It looks like they had just finished one (a cook) up," Linto said in reference to what deputies found at the lab.

There also appeared to be remnants of a cook a couple of weeks old inside, he said.

Helms was on supervised probation at the time of his arrest in connection with a previous conviction for possession of precursor chemicals for meth from 2011. In 2009, he was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, Linto said.

Helms has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, maintain a dwelling to keep controlled substances, possession of precursor chemicals, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Helms was still in the Union County Jail and no bond was set. His first court date was scheduled for Dec. 6, according to a statement from the Union County Sheriff's Office.

According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections website, Helms has past possession of drug paraphernalia and various other drug related charges from 2009 and 2011.