Narcotics investigators busted the fifth Lincoln County meth lab of 2014 on Monday when they charged Colby Ray Williams with one felony count each of possess/distribute meth precursor and manufacturing a controlled substance schedule II.
Williams, 30, of 4684 Flay Road in Lincolnton, was apprehended after investigators, following information from the drug tip line, went to an area in the 4600 block of Flay Road around 10:20 a.m. Monday morning. They discovered the remains of five one-pot meth labs and various precursors. Evidence recovered at the scene then led investigators to Williams, who had in his possession Coleman fuel, lye, lithium batteries, and pseudoephedrine, all known precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Williams was detained at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without bond, and faced his first court appearance on Tuesday.
“The majority of our investigations stem from tips phoned in by the community,” Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant Jason Reid said in a press release. “Our success over the past four years is credited to the proactive approach put in place by Sheriff (David) Carpenter and the never ending tips phoned into our tip line by the community. We urge all citizens to phone in any tip regardless of the details they can provide to our investigators.”
The tip line number is 704-736-8422.