Officers on patrol noticed suspicious activity in the motel parking lot between 3 and 4 a.m. According to Lt. John Szymeczek, they found a man there with a "mobile meth lab." His backpack held containers, a hot plate, lighter fluid and other chemicals and hardware typically used to make methamphetamine, Szymeczek said.
The man, Brandon Carlon, 26, of Fuquay-Varina, was not staying at the motel. Cary police called for backup from the State Bureau of Investigation and a hazardous materials team from the Raleigh Fire Department, standard protocol when a meth operation is discovered.
They charged Carlon with possession with larceny, intent to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of precursor chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Carlon was being held under a $26,000 bond at the Wake County Jail Sunday.
According to state Department of Correction records, Carlon was convicted of drug possession in Wake County in 2004.