Lincoln County authorities went looking for a larceny suspect -- and found a meth lab.
It took place earlier this week at a residence in the 1200 block of Hull’s Grove Church Road, west of Lincolnton, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies were investigating a larceny when they spotted a man leaving an outbuilding. Detectives say the man told them he had a “shake and bake” methamphetamine operation in the building. Authorities took the man and a teenager who was with him into custody and called Narcotics detectives.
Investigators say they found a number of items that can be used to make meth, including Drano, lithium batteries, muriatic acid, ammonium nitrate cold packs, lye and the drug pseudoephedrine.
Two men from Vale -- Kenneth Michael Ingle, 28, who lived at the address where the alleged meth operation was found, and 16-year-old Emmanuel Watts -- were charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and possession and distribution of meth precursors.
The sheriff’s office says it was the 20th meth lab found in the county this year.
A third person at the residence, 39-year-old Robyn Michelle Mellon, of Vale, was arrested on outstanding warrants in connection with the break-in of four tractor trailers in August, authorities said. Mellon was arrested on felony charges of buying and receiving stolen property and possession of stolen goods.
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