Three North Carolina men who claimed to have hiked into the forest seeking out paranormal activity were actually there to make meth, police say.
WCNC reports that Sonny Clay Hyatt, 39, called 911 when he got lost in the woods in Caldwell County, N.C.
Police say Hyatt claimed to get separated from his friends while they were investigating ghosts because they had heard that the woods were haunted.
The sheriff’s office suspected there was more to Hyatt’s story and questioned him further. He told police his friends, 38-year-old Thomas Glenn Imler Jr. and 31-year-old Eric John Schmidt, made it out of the woods safely and went back to Hyatt’s apartment.
When pressed further, police say Hyatt admitted he and his friends actually went into the woods to make methamphetamine and that the suspects got into an argument when the cook failed, and the other two left separately.
Deputies allegedly found evidence of a meth lab inside of Hyatt's apartment.
All three men were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine precursor chemicals.