Three ghost hunters recently got busted in North Carolina after authorities found out that they were really drug-dealing entrepreneurs and were planning on setting up a hidden meth lab in the woods. When questioned by deputies why they were wandering in the wilderness in the middle of the night, one of the men claimed that they were searching for ghosts and ended up lost.
Sonny Hyatt called 911 and told a Caldwell County Sheriff dispatcher that he was lost in the woods with some friends. Deputies used GPS coordinates from Hyatt's cell phone to locate him.
Caldwell County Sheriff deputies arrived at the scene and they located Hyatt and two other men, Thomas Imler and Eric Schmidt. When asked by officers what the men were doing in the woods, one of them claimed that they were searching for ghosts.
As deputies interrogated Hyatt further, he eventually confessed that he was high on methamphetamine and that he had gotten into a fight his meth-making business partners. Allegedly Hyatt told officers that he was actually setting up a meth lab in the woods. After Hyatt gave officers permission to search him and his apartment, deputies found chemicals, supplies, and a meth lab.
“You hear every excuse imaginable. These criminals would have us believe they were looking for paranormal activity in the woods at night and simply got lost. We didn't fall for that story at all,” Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones told the Hickory Record.
The three men are currently being held in jail on a $50,000 bond and were each charged with one count of felony manufacture of methamphetamine and one count of felony possession of methamphetamine.