Lincolnton Police said they arrested a man Wednesday morning after discovering he had been cooking methamphetimines in a lab inside his vehicle for almost a day.
also saidÂ they believe he is responsible for a second lab found behind his residence Thursday morning.
Sgt. Matt Painter said someone in the area notified them Wednesday about a possible meth lab in 40-year-old Christopher Larkin Robertsâ€™ vehicle, located at his residence at 320 North Aspen Street.
Roberts was found passed out in his vehicle when police arrived on the scene. The man praised police for â€œsaving his life,â€ Painter said.
Roberts has also been cooperative throughout the process and told authorities that heâ€™s cooked up similar labs in the past but doesnâ€™t sell the illegal substance. He claimed that he and his friends are the only ones who use the drug, Painter said.
The Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office assisted police in sealing the vehicle, which was towed to the Sheriffâ€™s Office impound lot.
Authorities with the State Bureau of Investigation examined both meth labs Thursday.
According to Painter, the first meth lab police located couldnâ€™t be inspected the same day due to rainy weather conditions. He noted that lithium from batteries was used to create the lab, and that when mixed with water, has the potential to produce a â€œfire ball.â€
â€œItâ€™s dangerous to process when wet,â€ he said.
Police said one of the labs contained 4 grams of methamphetamine, which has a street value of $100 per gram.
In addition, police anticipate taxpayers spending between $600 and $800 for the state to clean-up each lab.
Painter pointed out that authorities are seeing an increase in the number of mobile meth labs being made across the region. The method used to make the labs is known as â€œshake and bakeâ€ and produces a stronger effect the longer it sits and â€œcooks,â€ he said.
Roberts has been charged with two counts of manfacturing a schedule II controlled substance, two counts of possession/distribution of a meth precursor and one count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
He remains in the county jail under a $120,000 bond.