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5 in Kings Mountain charged with making meth

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Five people from the Kings Mountain area have been charged in connection with a one-pot methamphetamine operation.

Karen Denise Tessneer, 47; Lee Austin Tessiner, 34; Angela Welch Hill, 36; and Robyn Rena Price, 39, have been charged with felony manufacturing methamphetamine and felony possession of a meth precursor. Tessneer is also accused of maintaining a dwelling for the manufacture of drugs. Police were still searching on Thursday for Harley William Clinton, 25, who faces similar charges.

According to Kings Mountain police, officers went to an apartment at 510 North Piedmont Avenue to serve a warrant for Tessiner. While there, they discovered the one pot meth lab.

In the one pot method, meth producers combine all the ingredients in one container, usually a soda bottle, in a certain order. But like other methods of meth production, it produces volatile chemicals that can explode.

Police arrested the people inside the house and cordoned off the area while they obtained a search warrant.

Later, investigators from the SBI and the Kings Mountain police processed the scene for evidence.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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