Jason Craig Connolly
Sheriff: Deputies find meth-making operation, charge two suspects
PHOTO: ICSO personnel collect evidence of a meth-making operation on Trinity Road on Wednesday.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Two people suspected of manufacturing methamphetamine in their residence off Trinity Road were arrested Wednesday after Iredell County Sheriff's Office deputies discovered evidence of clandestine drug-making operation at the home.
Sheriff Darren Campbell announced the arrests of Jason Craig Connolly, 40, and Tralaina Mognet, 33, in a news release Thursday afternoon.
ICSO deputies went to the home at 289 Trinity Road to serve child support warrants on Mognet, Campbell said.
While looking for Mognet, the deputies saw what they believed to be ingredients and containers being used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to the news release.
The deputies secured the area and called for assistance from investigators with the ICSO Narcotics Investigation Unit, Campbell said.
Investigators arrived and verified the items had been and were still being used to make methamphetamine, Campbell said. A search warrant was obtained along with witnesses statements.
Narcotics Investigators, who are certified in clandestine lab safety, collected the items as evidence.
As a result of this investigation, Connolly and Mognet were arrested and charged with two counts of felony manufacturing methamphetamine and felony possession of methamphetamine.
The suspects were taken to the Iredell County Detention Center, where Magistrate Watkins issued Connolly a $400,000 bond and Mognet a $125,000 bond on these charges.
According to the ICSO, Connolly's criminal history includes the following charges: Felony Breaking and Entering Motor Vehicle, Felony Manufacture Methamphetamine, two counts of Misdemeanor School Attendance Law, DWI Level 5, three counts of Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor Larceny, and three counts of Felony Breaking and Entering.
Mognet's criminal history includes the following charges: two counts of Misdemeanor Second-Degree Trespass, two counts of Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor Larceny, two counts of Misdemeanor School Attendance Law Violation, Misdemeanor Shoplifting, DWI Level 5, and Misdemeanor Food Stamp Fraud, according to the ICSO.