28-year-old Dale Allen Hall of Hickory was convicted this week in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court on two felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, three felony counts of possession or distribution of meth precursors and one felony count each of manufacturing meth and conspiracy to manufacture meth. Hall was sentenced to no less than 90 months and no more than 120 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction. The defendant was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.
The crime occurred in October 2012 in Catawba County. As a result of an ongoing criminal investigation and after a confidential informant purchased meth from the defendant, Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers and Agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation executed a clandestine lab search warrant that resulted in the location of 11 Hydrogen Chloride Gas (HCl) generators and more than 700 grams of methamphetamine oil.
Investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith prosecuted the case. The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey presided over the convictions.
Hall will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction in Raleigh for processing.