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Lincolnton police find meth lab

ANNIE BLACKBURN
Staff Writer

The Lincolnton Police Department discovered a meth lab at 807 South Poplar Street on Thursday.
Officers discovered a small, portable meth lab in an outside location on the property.
Detectives with the narcotics division of the Lincolnton Police Department were called in to assist the patrol officers in the investigation.
The lab was described as a one-pot meth lab, more commonly known in the drug trade as the “shake and bake” method. The lab was documented, photographed, and seized for evidence.
Due to the hazardous nature of methamphetamine labs, particularly one-pot meth labs, the Lincolnton Fire Department, Lincoln County E.M.S., the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics division and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation offered assistance.
One-pot method methamphetamine labs carry a high risk of explosion due to the amount of volatile chemicals that are mixed together in containers that are not created to withstand the reaction that is required to make the highly addictive drug. Often times, during investigations, fires, explosions and noxious chemical exposure can and does happen.
No arrests have been reported in connection to the discovery. The investigation is currently ongoing, and arrests are probable.

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