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LCSO seizes meth lab No. 22

Almany

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

A dangerous methamphetamine operation was located inside a western Lincoln County mobile home Wednesday afternoon, resulting in one resident’s arrest, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Narcotics investigators said Carl Lloyd Almany III, was harboring a “shake-and-bake” or “one-pot” lab at his property, located at 1656 Knoll Drive in Vale.

Drug officers busted the lab around 2:15 p.m., taking Almany away in handcuffs.

Deputies charged him with one felony count of possession and distribution of a meth precursor.

Following a first appearance Thursday in district court, a judge set his bond at $10,000.

According to a Sheriff’s Office press release, the specific type of lab is “the most dangerous way of making meth” due to the chemical reaction that occurs.

Ingredients are combined, often inside a plastic container, and shaken to create the illegal substance.

The process builds up high amounts of pressure with a potential for explosion.

The 20-year-old remains behind bars in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center.

State Crime Lab officials were contacted to assist in the lab’s cleanup.

Deputies said no one was injured in the incident.

The bust continues to propel the Sheriff’s Office into the public eye with 2013’s unprecedented drug statistics.

Meth busts have now reached a total of 22 incidents since January, investigators said.

From finding single one-pot labs at residential locations, and even one inside a man’s vehicle at a Lincolnton CVS parking lot in July, to locating more than 30 labs hidden along a northern county property a month earlier, deputies said, each incident has been unique.

In some cases, deputies have arrested repeat offenders, they said.

According to stats compiled by LCSO Public Information Officer Larry Seagle, this year’s meth lab total is more than triple the amount officers uncovered in 2012 and 21 more than the total from 2011.

From 2005 to 2007 — and again from 2009 to 2010 — drug officers, who at the time were under Sheriffs Tim Daugherty and Barbara Pickens, busted zero meth labs in the county, Sheriff’s Office stats revealed.

The agency seized eight labs in 2008.

Current drug unit investigators noted how a hike in lab busts hasn’t necessarily stemmed from a similar hike in county meth users in recent years but rather is the result of an investigative technique deputies have employ, allowing them to proactively seek out the labs.

Residents with information on area drug activity are urged to contact the Sheriff’s Drug Tip Line at (704) 736-8606.

Investigators said they follow-up on all tips received, and tips may remain anonymous.

 

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