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Drug investigators uncover a meth lab, marijuana grow operation and alcohol still




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Narcotics officers uncovered a meth lab, a marijuana grow operation and an alcohol still in connection with two unrelated cases this month at county residences, the Sheriff’s Office said.

On Monday, investigators said they seized 16 marijuana plants from a Diesel Drive residence in Lincolnton. Officers additionally located an alcohol still inside one of the home’s bathroom’s, according to an agency press release.

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Alcohol Law Enforcement division assisted the scene by processing the still operation.

Deputies arrested Anthony Ray Perkins, 28, in the incident and charged with one felony count of manufacturing a schedule VI controlled substance. He has since posted a $30,000 secured bond, the release said.

Four days earlier, investigators busted a Lincolnton man and woman for using the “one-pot” or “shake-and-bake” method to make a methamphetamine lab at their home on Luther Scronce Road. The particular type of process is “the most dangerous way of making meth,” the release said. Because ingredients are shaken up, typically inside a plastic container, a chemical reaction takes place building up a significant amount of pressure.

Deputies said they first went to the residence on Thursday to carry out a simple “knock and talk” procedure with the residents. The operation was discovered behind the home during a search.

Joseph Keith Bradshaw, 27, and Teresa Gail Sells, 43, both of 199 Luther Scronce Road, have each been charged with one felony count of manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance.

Bradshaw remains in the county jail under a $100,000 secured bond while Sells has since been released on a $50,000 secured bond.

The meth lab is the fourth one narcotics investigators have either located or cleaned up throughout the county since April.

State Bureau of Investigation officials aided deputies in the most recent clean-up process.

The Sheriff’s Office encouraged area residents to report possibly drug activity to the Drug Tip Line at (704) 736-8606. Both incidents this month stemmed from calls to the Drug Tip Line. Investigators said they follow-up on all tips they receive.


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