Man accused of burning evidence of meth-making operation

Jar of liquid seized, suspected meth maker arrested
Nov. 21, 2013 @ 08:28 AM

A Lenoir man was arrested Tuesday after investigators said he tried to burn a methamphetamine-making operation in his backyard.

Agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office Ice Unit suspected that Kevin Ray Bumgarner, 34, of 3972 Calico Road had been making meth at his home, a press release from the sheriff's office said. Agents went to his residence Tuesday and found a jar of clear liquid believed to be used to make meth, as well as a smoldering burn pile in the backyard. Bumgarner later admitted he had made meth the night before and burned the evidence, the press release said.

Bumgarner was charged with felony manufacture of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $100,000.

The liquid was sent to the N.C. Crime Lab for analysis. If it tests positive for meth and weighs more than 28 grams, Bumgarner could be charged with trafficking in meth, which carries a mandatory prison sentence, the press release said.

The N.C. Division of Adult Correction shows Bumgarner was convicted in 2003 in Caldwell County of drug possession and in 2012 in Alexander County for possession of drug paraphernalia.