2 meth labs busted; Caldwell man charged again

2 meth labs busted; Caldwell man charged again

Randy Allen Bentley, 47

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by Meghan Cook / The Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on October 25, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 25 at 3:40 PM

LENOIR, N.C. -- A Caldwell County man who was charged only three months ago with manufacturing methamphetamine is facing more drug charges, authorities said, after officers found evidence of two meth labs in Lenoir last week.

Authorities said they were called to a mobile home on Collettsville Road after receiving several complaints of a possible meth lab there.

When authorities arrived, no one was home, but officers found evidence of drug manufacturing, including empty packs of ephedrine, which is used in the production of meth, according to the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said they determined Randy Allen Bentley, 47, had lived in the home, which didn't have running water or power.

During their search for Bentley, authorities went to a mobile home on Hoods Creek Road in Lenoir.

Outside the home, officers again found evidence of a meth lab, including coffee filters, plastic bottles and empty ephedrine packs.

As they searched the home, officers found Bentley in a bedroom, according to the Sheriff's Office.

"We have zero tolerance for meth cooks and dealers," said Sheriff Alan Jones. "We are constantly seeking out those who are buying the products for meth labs and the ones doing the cooking. Meth labs are expensive and just plain nasty to work. You get caught with one, you pay the price."

Bentley is charged with two counts each of manufacturing meth and felony possession of precursor chemicals. He was being held in Caldwell County jail under a $150,000 bond.

In July, Bentley was charged with manufacturing meth after a man called authorities to report that he'd found a suspicious liquid in a toolbox on his pickup truck.

Bentley had recently borrowed the truck, according to the Sheriff's Office, and the liquid was later determined to be methamphetamine. That charge is still pending.
 

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