Meth lab busted in Lincoln County

Posted: 12th November 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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LINCOLNTON N.C.– The Lincoln County Sheriff’s department made five arrests related to methamphetamines on Thursday, according to a news release issued by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Aaron Stuart Vancamp, 40, Daniel Phillip Stoddard, 22, and Valarie Christine McDowell, 42, all of Lincolnton were each charged with one felony count of manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance. Acting on a tip from the Drug Tip Line, Lincoln County narcotics investigators raided the three suspects’ residence on Hunter Rhyne Road and found a methamphetamine lab on Thursday afternoon. Each person is held under a $25,000 secured bond.

Also on Thursday around 10:30 p.m., Lincoln County Deputy David Millerstrom encountered a suspicious vehicle while he was on routine patrol on Business N.C. 16 South near McIntosh Road. The deputy noticed the license plate on the vehicle was so bent that it could not be read, so he initiated a traffic stop.

Curtis Lee Blalock, 44, of Stanley and Michael Elston Smith, Jr., 38, of Iron Station were in the vehicle and consented to a search of the interior and trunk. Officers found a crack pipe, a syringe and chemicals to make methamphetamines inside the vehicle.

The two occupants were arrested and each was charged with one felony count of possession/distribution of a methamphetamine precursor and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Blalock was also charged with driving without an operator’s license. He is held under a $5,500 secured bond. Smith is held under a $5,000 secured bond.

Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter said, “This is the first of probably more to come in our area as information continues to come in concerning drug activity.”

The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information about drug-related crime to call their Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606.




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