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Police: 2 women ran meth lab in northwest Charlotte

Police say they arrested Elsie Armitage in connection with a meth lab operation in northwest Charlotte.
Police say they arrested Elsie Armitage in connection with a meth lab operation in northwest Charlotte.

Police have arrested two women who investigators say were cooking methamphetamine inside a home in northwest Charlotte.

Mellissa Armstrong, 45, and Elsie Armitage, 54 were both arrested Wednesday. Armstrong was charged with with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors for methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Armitage was charged with possession of methamphetamine and also served with several outstanding warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking out of Rutherford County, according to police.

Investigators began looking into the alleged operation in 2015, after receiving complaints about a house on Old Dowd road “that was believed to be involved in the sale of narcotics,” according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police news release.

On Wednesday, officers conducted a “knock and talk” on the home. A knock and talk is a police tactic where officers knock on a suspect’s door to talk to residents and try to obtain probable cause to obtain a search warrant.

Police said they seized meth from the home on Wednesday.

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