Crime & Courts

Stanly County meth bust nets 3 arrests

The Stanly County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people Thursday after a narcotics investigation at a Richfield home.

Tara Morton Poplin, 39, of Richfield; Gregory Allen Sanders, 38, of Albemarle; and Bethany Leigh Horne, 29, of Peachland, were arrested after the Sheriff’s Office said it found a “clandestine methamphetamine laboratory” at Poplin’s home on Paul’s Crossing Road.

The State Bureau of Investigation, the Albemarle Police Department and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office assisted, and officials said the lab was seized and processed for evidence.

Poplin and Sanders were each charged with a number of meth-related offenses, including manufacturing methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell or deliver, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Horne was also at the residence but faces no narcotics charges, officials said. Horne was a wanted person for a failure to appear charge, and was additionally charged with a misdemeanor probation violation.

Poplin and Sanders are in custody in the Stanly County Jail; no bail was set. Bail for Horne was set at $10,000.

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