Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators recently made two drug busts, and utilized surveillance and a national database that tracks methamphetamine precursors to take cocaine and methamphetamine off of Lincoln County streets.
Deputies tracked Christopher Lee Sisk, 37, of 1119 Safeway Drive in Gastonia, on the National Precursor Log Exchange, or NPLEX, and took him into custody on July 24 as he was preparing to set up a meth lab, deputies said.
A box of pseudoephedrine, a lithium battery, muriatic acid and 100-percent lye were discovered upon searching his vehicle — all precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine. Additional items such as metal pliers, tube cutters, coffee filters, cold compresses and aluminum foil were also seized.
Sisk is charged with one felony count of possession of meth precursor and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He is currently jailed on an $11,000 secured bond.
Twenty-five states around the nation have adopted the NPLEX system. The National Association of Drug Diversion runs the program at no cost to the state, allowing investigators to track real-time purchases.
“NPLEX continues to be a very valuable tool in proactively working meth lab cooks in out county,” Narcotics Division Lt. Jason Reid said. “I don’t know of any other agency that has been this successful utilizing this national data base.”
In addition to the meth bust, narcotics investigators arrested Emily Kacey Robbins, 34, of 2020 West Davidson Avenue in Gastonia on Monday and charged her with one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana after narcotics investigators, operating on a tip, conducted a surveillance operation in High Shoals that lead to the arrest.
Robbins was released from custody after posting the $5,000 secured bond.