A Vale man has been arrested in connection with what Lincoln County authorities say is the 22nd methamphetamine lab discovered in the county this year.
Carl Lloyd Almany III, 20, who lives in the 1600 block of Knoll Drive, was arrested Wednesday afternoon, the Lincoln County Sheriffs Office said.
The number of meth lab busts this year is by far the most in recent years. Larry Seagle of the Lincoln County Sheriffs Office said records show eight busts in 2008 and six last year. In five of the past nine years, there were no busts.
Investigators said they discovered the most recent lab in a mobile home and describe the operation as a one pot shake-and-bake method.
Deputies said the shake-and-bake type of production is dangerous, because the chemical reaction tends to create very high pressure after the container is shaken. That presents the possibility of an explosion.
Almany was charged with one count of possession and distribution of a meth precursor. The state crime lab was called in to clean up the lab residue.
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