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35-year-old Jason Daniel Luecht of Perth Road and 38-year-old Joseph Anthony Smith of Ricks Lane, both from Mooresville, were arrrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Deputies yesterday (January 23) on a variety of charges. Both men were charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Smith was charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and misdemeanor harboring a fugitive. Luect was also charged with misdemeanor willfully or negligently setting fire to woodlands.
They were arrested after Deputies responded to the area near Luecht’s residence to assist with a possible arson investigation. The fire department quickly controlled the fire and the Iredell County Fire Marshal’s Office determined that it had been intentionally set.
Detectives interviewed witnesses and neighbors in the area. Luecht was identified as a suspect. Detectives learned that Luecht had left the area with another individual identified as Joseph Anthony Smith.
Deputies and Detectives went to Smith’s residence where they found Smith in the driveway, in obvious possession of a firearm. He was arrested on the firearms charge and on outstanding warrants for probation violations. Officers also found Smith to be in possession of meth.
Smith told Deputies he did not know where Luecht was; however, when Deputies executed a search warrant on Smith’s residence, Luecht was found in the home, along with meth and several firearms. Luecht was taken into custody.
Both suspects were taken to the Iredell County Detention Center. Detectives interviewed both men and learned that Luecht had, in fact, started an outside fire at his Perth Road residence the night before. He then left the property while the fire was still burning. As a result, the fire spread onto neighboring property.
Luecht was given a $15,000 bond on the latest charges, plus an additional $30,000 bond on the outstanding probation violation warrants. Smith, who was out on a previous bond at the time of his arrest, was jailed without bond. Both men will appear in District Court on January 30. Luecht also has court dates on February 14 and March 8. Smith has a Superior Court appearance set for April 29.