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Investigators with the Watauga County Sheriff's Office arrested Guy Francis Chiarello, 39, of Deep Gap on Monday when they allegedly found him growing psilocybin mushrooms in his home on Little Jakes Road.
Chiarello lived next door to a mobile home investigators suspect caught fire when its occupants were allegedly cooking methamphetamine.
Investigators had planned to interview him in their search for the perpetrators they believe responsible for the suspected meth-related fire last Friday afternoon.
Little Jakes Road is a brief gravel road just off Bynum Trivette Road, near U.S. 421 on the Watauga-Wilkes county line.
Chiarello has been charged with three felony counts, including possession and manufacture of, and maintaining a dwelling place for, a schedule I controlled substance.
He also has been charged with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of marijuana, possession of schedule IV and schedule III controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was taken to the Watauga County Detention Center pending a $10,000 secured bond and given a district court date of Jan. 19.
The fire next door to Chiarello has already netted two arrests, Deborah Renee Arnette, 24, and Bobby Glenn Presnell, 35.
Sheriff Mark Shook has predicted more will be made soon.
?We know their names,? he said of the suspects still at large. ?We?re just looking for them now.?
In an unrelated case, sheriff?s investigators arrested Chad Harrington Mitchell, 19, of Boone Dec. 1 for felony possession of psilocybin mushrooms and felony maintaining a dwelling place for a schedule I controlled substance.
He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Harrington was being held pending a $17,000 secured bond with a court date of Jan. 5.