Granite Falls man pleads guilty to meth charges

Investigation leads to five more drug arrests
Aug. 12, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

A man who pleaded guilty Monday to making methampetamine will not be sent to prison because he gave detectives information that led to five more drug arrests.

Dwight Eugene Marshall, 37, of Addison Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Sept. 7, 2010, after Caldwell County Sheriff's Office Ice agents searched his house and found ingredients for making meth, assistant district attorney Nancy Lee told the court. Detective David Barbour, head of the sheriff's office narcotics division, testified that Marshall had been under investigation because of complaints of illegal drug activity at his house.

Marshall at first admitted he had some pills in the bedroom, Barbour said. When asked if he had any meth in the house, he admitted he had a small quantity for personal use in a can inside a dresser.

But investigators also found a mason jar with a clear liquid, matches and breathing masks inside a gym bag, Barbour said. Also found inside the house were hydrogen peroxide, acetone, lye, iodine, and a torch, all of which are used in making meth. Also found were 2.3 grams of Alprazolam pills, filters and scales.

Marshall was charged with possession of methamphetamine precursor chemicals, possession with intent to make, sell and deliver meth, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. While under house arrest, Marshall gave investigators information about other drug dealers that resulted in five more arrests.

Superior Court Judge Robert T. Sumner sentenced Marshall to 30 months on supervised probation. If he violates probation, he will have to serve 22 to 28 months in prison.