Crime & Courts

Police dog sniff leads to Lincoln County meth arrests

Anya Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

A police dog sniff during a traffic stop led to the arrests of two Lincoln County residents on methamphetamine charges.

Sheriff’s deputies said they stopped a car near Car Farm Road and Maiden Highway on Wednesday, after recognizing the driver as someone who had no driver’s license. Canine Anya sniffed the car and alerted deputies to drugs inside.

Sheriff’s detectives seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, including used needles and plastic bags containing meth residue.

The driver, Alvin Jack Johnson, 36, of Lincolnton, and passenger Stephanie Danielle Metcalf, 30, of Maiden, were charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Johnson also was served an outstanding arrest warrant for driving while license revoked and Metcalf an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor second-degree trespassing. Each was jailed on $6,000 bail.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to have such a great partner in Anya,” sheriff’s narcotics Lt. Jon Propst said in a news release. “She and her K9 handler work very hard to be successful. Their hard work shows each time we use her.”

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak