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Pair caught with mobile meth lab in Maiden

Stidham and Harris

 

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

A Catawba County man and woman are charged with harboring ingredients for making a mobile methamphetamine lab inside their vehicle, police said.

Maiden Police stopped the suspects’ silver 2000 Dodge Neon on Saturday while the two were traveling down Water Plant Road in Maiden, an agency press release said.

Officer Matt Farra stopped the vehicle just after midnight.

Brent Allen Stidham, 36, of Circle Street in Maiden, and Hollie Huffman Harris, 37, of Mount Olive Road in Newton, were arrested on drug charges in the incident.

Farra discovered the lab in the vehicle’s passenger area while talking to the duo during the stop, the release said.

Seized items included two 2-liter plastic drink bottles that contained meth residue along with smaller plastic bottles “with specific modifications” and empty “blister packs” of pseudoephedrine, a common meth ingredient, police said.

Both individuals face charges of felony manufacturing methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling/vehicle for a controlled substance.

Harris additionally faces one count of probation violation.

Less than a year ago, Stidham was arrested in Lincoln County for attempting to produce a “one-pot” lab in the parking lot of a Lincolnton CVS store, deputies said.

Narcotics Investigators riding through the area happened to spot the man shaking up the ingredients inside his vehicle, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office first reported in July.

During a vehicle search, investigators said they located chemicals and other household products inside Stidham’s trunk.

His criminal record revealed additional drug-related offenses including one conviction each in Lincoln County in 2012 and Catawba County in 1994, the North Carolina Department of Correction website showed.

Harris received felony drug convictions in Catawba County in May.

Both suspects remain in the Catawba County Detention Facility, Stidham under an $80,000 secured bond and Harris under a $95,000 secured bond.

Each is set to appear in court on the charges on Tuesday.

Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation assisted Maiden officers Saturday with evidence seizure and hazardous material cleanup.

 

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