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Man had one-pot meth lab in CVS parking lot

Staff Writer
A Maiden man tried to produce a one-pot meth lab in the parking lot of a Lincolnton business Monday evening, deputies said.
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy riding through the area spotted Brent Allen Stidham shaking up the homemade ingredients in his vehicle in the parking lot of CVS on East Main Street, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The incident happened just after 5:30 p.m.
The 35-year-old man had numerous chemicals and household products inside his trunk including plastic soda containers, lye drain opener, batteries and tube cutters, among others.
Deputies conducted a search of the vehicle in the parking lot of Abernethy Chevrolet, also on East Main Street.
Stidham, who lives at 3963 Circle Street in Maiden, was placed in the Harven A Crouse Detention Center under no bond.
He faces one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance.
The suspect’s first appearance is set for today, the jail website showed.
His criminal record revealed a felony history in the county for similar drug-related offenses in 2012, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website.
Stidham also had a misdemeanor drug conviction in Catawba County in 1994.


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