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Narcs: Vale man arrested a second time for meth


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Lincoln County narcotics investigators said they arrested a Vale man on meth charges this week for the second time since December.

Sheriff’s drug unit deputies charged Carl Ray Davenport, 39, of Doyle Beam Memorial Road, around 2 p.m. Tuesday after locating a one-pot lab inside a bedroom at the home, investigators said.

Officers secured the residence after seizing the lab and applied for a warrant to search the entire property.

Davenport was arrested on similar charges at the home on Dec. 2 and was out on a more than $100,000 secured bond when deputies said they found this week’s lab.

The suspect faces one count each of possession of meth precursors, manufacturing methaphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance in the incident, deputies said.

Additional charges may be filed in the case.

Deputies were still on scene around 5 p.m. waiting for officials with the State Bureau of Investigation to arrive and assist the local agency with the clean-up process.

According to Lt. Jason Reid, head of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, Tuesday’s bust serves as the third of its kind this year in Lincoln County, putting investigators on the fast track already this year to potentially locate a higher number of meth labs than 2013.

“This puts us on pace to dismantle more labs than we did last year,” he said.

Reid credited drug investigators’ proactive approach and seasoned skills with allowing the unit to uncover yet another lab.

“They continue to utilize NPLEX as a proactive tool instead of a reactive tool,” he said.

In addition to prior felony convictions for second-degree burglary and discharging a firearm into occupied territory, Davenport maintains an involuntary manslaughter charge on his record from Gaston County, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website.

He served more than three years in prison for the offense.


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