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County makes meth bust



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, before having the vehicle towed to the Sheriff’s impound lot at the law enforcement headquarters facility.
Stidham, who lives at 3963 Circle Street, was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond.
He faces one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance.
Stidham’s 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. He also has a misdemeanor drug conviction in Catawba County from 1994.
State Bureau of Investigation officials assisted deputies in a vehicular cleanup process on Tuesday.
Sheriff David Carpenter commended his Narcotics Unit for their persistence in rooting out meth users throughout the county.
“I am extremely proud of the creative techniques that Lt. Reid and his division have implemented to better apprehend meth dealers,” he said. “These new ideas will continue to lead to more arrests in the future.”’


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