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Hunt for juvenile turns up 2 alleged Lincoln meth labs

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- Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
Ashley Nicole Hunsucker, 27, was arrested Sunday afternoon by Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies and charged with two felonies, authorities say. (Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office photo.)

Lincoln County authorities say a search for a missing juvenile led deputies to a pair of methamphetamine labs Sunday.

Ashley Nicole Hunsucker, 27, of Stanley, was arrested and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

Deputies say they had gone to a home in the 5700 block of Country Lane, near Stanley, to hunt for a teen reported missing by Cornelius police. The homeowner allowed deputies inside the residence, authorities say.

Once inside, deputies said they detected a strong chemical odor. They said the homeowner ran to a 2-liter bottle and tried throwing it away. Deputies said they found a number of items that can be used to produce meth.

The missing juvenile from Cornelius was found in the residence, deputies say, along with four other men ranging in age from 19 to 26. Those five people were removed from the residence.

The SBI Crime Lab was called in to clean the place, and deputies say they found two meth labs in the residence.

Hunsucker is being held without bond, according to investigators.

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