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Lincoln meth lab busts exceed 20 for 2013

Carl Ray Davenport

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A western Lincoln County man remains behind bars after deputies said they arrested him Monday for harboring a one-pot methamphetamine lab inside his residence.

Narcotics investigators located the lab just before 5:30 p.m. on the 7100 block of Doyle Beam Memorial Road in Vale, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident is the 21st bust of its kind this year by the county drug unit.

Resident Carl Ray Davenport was charged in the incident.

He appeared in court Tuesday on charges of felony manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance and felony possession and distribution of a meth precursor, deputies said.

Investigators located and seized a number of items from the home used for making meth.

Items included lithium batteries, an Equate cold pack and Draino crystals (Lye).

Officials with the State Crime Lab also responded to the home Tuesday to assist in the clean-up process.

A deputy monitored the property overnight on Monday to ensure the chemicals didn’t react or that others in the area kept from tampering with them, the Sheriff’s Office said.

According to the jail site, lincolnsheriff.org, the 39-year-old suspect remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $100,000 bond for the manufacturing charge and “no bond” for the possession and distribution charge.

Davenport spent more than three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in Gaston County in 2009, the North Carolina Department of Correction website showed.

He also maintains felony convictions for second-degree burglary and discharging a firearm into occupied territory. Additonal misdemeanor offenses to his name include larceny and two separate instances of DWI.

All offenses took place in Gaston, Lincoln and Cleveland Counties and date back to 1993, NC DOC listed.

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