Police bust meth lab

Police say an anonymous tip helped them bust a small-scale methamphetamine lab on Wednesday in Hickory.

Catawba County sheriff’s deputies evacuated a residential home at 909 32nd St. NE in Hickory about noon Wednesday after they discovered what appeared to be a meth lab inside.

Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Joel Fish said a citizen’s tip led deputies to the home.

“They saw enough of the items used to make meth that they cleared the residence,” Fish said, adding that deputies later served a search warrant at the home to dispose of the hazardous materials.

Nathaniel Neal Russell, 33, of 5282 E. Piedmont Circle in Conover, was in the home at the time of the bust. He was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and is in the Catawba County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.

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