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Agents bust another meth lab



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 propels the county agency’s total number of meth busts this year to 21.

Resident Carl Ray Davenport was charged in the incident.

According to Lt. Jason Reid, the narcotics investigators that Sheriff David Carpenter has assembled during his three-year administration remain increasingly confident in their abilities to locate labs using newfound techniques. Reid said an investigator contacted him early Monday morning, hours before the bust occurred, claiming that if deputies could find Davenport, the unit would secure its 21st meth lab bust of 2013.

The suspect appeared in court on 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 they said are used for making meth.

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

Officials with the State Crime Lab also responded to the home Tuesday to assist the Sheriff’s Office in the cleanup process.

A deputy also monitored the property overnight on Monday to ensure the chemicals didn’t react and that others in the area refrained from tampering with the crime scene.

The 39-year-old suspect remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

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

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

All Davenport’s criminal activity in the state has taken place in Gaston, Lincoln and Cleveland Counties and dates back to 1993, NC DOC listed.

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