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Murphy man sentenced to prison for meth lab found at campsite

The following press release has been issued by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

David Corso

David Corso

Murphy, NC— Sheriff Keith Lovin announced that on Monday June 9th, 2014 during the Superior Court Session, David Corso, a 29 year old Murphy, North Carolina man was sentenced for charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.

On Wednesday, June 19th, 2013, investigators from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on West Hollow St. in Murphy. During the course of the search, several “One Pot Meth Labs” or “Shake and Bake Meth Labs” were discovered at a campsite along with material that would normally be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations Lab Response Team was called to assist in the investigation. Upon their arrival the SBI response team took control of the evidence and chemicals.

During the investigation information was discovered that Corso was actively making methamphetamine at the West Hollow St. address and was injured from some type of chemical explosion.

Judge Jeffrey Hunt sentenced Corso to 89 – 129 months in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

Sheriff Lovin stated “This was a very dangerous situation one which actually ended up with Mr. Corso receiving injuries when one of the “One Pot” labs blew up in his face. The manufacture of methamphetamine is extremely dangerous due the chemicals that are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. If someone in Cherokee County were to discover what they believe to be a meth lab they are instructed to call 911 so that the item can be inspected.  I want to caution people that handling the suspected meth labs is dangerous and should not be attempted.”

To report illegal activity call 828-837-1344 or you can email to

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