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Gaston County police investigate third meth lab found in a week, fifth in August

Police in Gaston County have uncovered five methamphetamine labs in the county so far this month, leaving law enforcement wondering what is behind the sudden resurgence of those labs.

“This is an unusual amount of meth labs,” said Capt. Bill Melton of the Gaston County Police Department. He said the cases don’t seem to be related, but the department is now looking into why so many meth labs are suddenly cropping up.

Authorities plan to detail this week their theories on why these cases are on the upswing, Melton said.

The latest lab turned up on Friday.

Police responded to a non-drug related call at a home in the 1500 block of Cecelia Avenue in Gastonia and found the lab when they got there, according to a police statement.

Officers got a search warrant for the home, and with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, they searched for evidence Friday.

Charges have not yet been filed, police stated.

Friday’s meth lab discovery was the third last week in Gaston County.

On Tuesday, Gaston police responded to an anonymous drug complaint in Mount Holly and found a meth lab in a home there, police said. No charges have been filed, and the investigation is ongoing.

Last Sunday, Belmont police responded to a call about a man being chased by three suspects with guns.

With help from Mount Holly and Gaston County police, Belmont officers went into an apartment at Flowers Court, where the three suspects apparently were. There they found more than 300 grams of meth, which has a street value of more than $24,000, as well as the chemicals and equipment needed to produce more meth.

Three men and one woman were charged in the case.

Charges included trafficking methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver.

Ruebens: 704-358-5294; on Twitter: @lruebens
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