• Man with previous drug convictions arrested again Wednesday


    UNION COUNTY, S.C. - Investigators with the Union County Sheriff's Office and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant Wednesday at 4915 Beulah Church Road in Weddington.

    Detectives seized a one-pot meth lab, several grams of finished product methamphetamine, scales, precursor chemicals, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.

    Jerry Wayne Helms Jr., 35, was previously convicted in Union County of possession of methamphetamine precursors in 2011, and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana in 2009, among numerous other drug related charges.

    He is currently on supervised probation, and was taken into custody again Wednesday at the Beulah Church Road residence.

    Helms was 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.

    He remains in the Union County jail and bond has not yet been set. He has a first appearance court date of Thursday.

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