Two men and a woman were charged in Lincoln County this week with operating a methamphetamine lab.
Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies say the suspects’ lab was at a public housing unit in Lincolnton. It was the fourth meth lab discovered this year in Lincoln, authorities said.
Deputies said they tracked Internet-based purchases of pseudoephedrine and identified several people who had purchased meth precursors. Officers began surveillance on the suspects and said they followed them Tuesday afternoon to a residence in the 200 block of Mauney Drive in Lincolnton.
Investigators asked occupants for permission to search the apartment, and officers said they found evidence of a one-pot meth lab. They reported finding empty packs of pseudoephedrine, cold packs and lithium batteries, all of which are used to produce meth.
A State Bureau of Investigation team was called in to clear the apartment and remove the chemicals. No injuries were reported.
Charged in the case:• Carl Lloyd Almany III, 20, of Vale, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession or distribution of meth precursor.
• Pedro Salazar Pardo Jr., 31, of Vale, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession or distribution of meth precursor.
• Kimberly Nicole Parker, 22, of Lincolnton, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession or distribution of meth precursor, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, and misdemeanor child abuse.
“Our investigators will continue to use the NPlex tool,” said Lt. Jason Reid, referring to the Internet-based program to track purchases of meth precursors. He said the tool “is very handy for law enforcement if used in a proactive way.”