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Deputies find smoking bag in traffic stop. They say it was a mobile meth lab.

Three people were charged after Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies discovered they were driving with a meth lab in the process of cooking the drug.
Three people were charged after Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies discovered they were driving with a meth lab in the process of cooking the drug. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

Police charged three people with drug offenses Wednesday, after a routine traffic stop led to the discovery of a traveling meth lab, officials said.

Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies said they stopped the vehicle early Wednesday after it failed to dim its lights while approaching and passing by them on Salem Church Road in Lincolnton.

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Three people were charged after Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies discovered they were driving with a meth lab in the process of cooking the drug. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

Deputies said the driver, 40-year-old Robert Gregory of Gastonia, was asked to get out after he didn’t provide his driver’s license. The two other passengers, both women, were asked to leave the vehicle as well.

When the deputies searched the vehicle, they noticed a black bag in the back that was smoking and producing a strong chemical odor. One of the deputies checked the bag and determined they were cooking the drug.

The vehicle was seized and placed in the sheriff’s office impound lot, officials said. The road was also shut down as the Lincolnton Fire Department and Lincoln County EMS decontaminated the three people from the vehicle and the deputies involved in the stop.

Gregory faces multiple charges, including a charge of manufacturing a controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. Amanda Dawn Armstrong, 27, of Bessemer City, and Elizabeth May Buchanan, 27, of Gastonia, were both charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, the sheriff’s office said.

LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS

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