Carolina Beach police officers and agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation raided a suspected meth lab on the island last week.
Zachary Robert Downs, 32, was arrested Friday on multiple drug charges after officers executed a search warrant at his home at 104 Winner Drive, according to the town’s police department. Downs has been charged with felony manufacturing methamphetamine, felony maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, felony possession of pseudophedrine and three counts of felony possession of methamphetamine precursors.
He was taken to the New Hanover County jail, where he was placed under a $500,000 secured bond.
“The State Bureau of Investigation’s clandestine laboratory response unit responded to the scene to collect, secure and dispose of the meth lab material,” Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer said. “The Carolina Beach Fire Department was called to the scene for safety precautions.”
According to court records, Downs was expected to make a first court appearance on Monday in New Hanover County District Court. Downs also has pending charges of larceny and probation violation, according to jail records.