3 charged after a traffic stop leads to meth lab bust

LINCOLNTON, N.C. -- Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says three people were charged after deputies found active meth labs inside a vehicle.

On Wednesday morning, deputies conducted a traffic stop near Boggs Street in Lincolnton after they observed a vehicle crossing the center line multiple times.

After receiving consent from the driver to search the vehicle, deputies found a black bag in the rear seat floorboard to be smoking and emitting a very strong chemical odor.

A deputy determined during the search that there was a clandestine lab inside the vehicle.

Deputies say the black bag contained three active one-pot meth labs that were in the process of cooking methamphetamine and releasing dangerous gases inside the vehicle. The vehicle was then seized and placed in the Sheriff's Office impound lot.

Deputies charged 40-year-old Robert Gregory Wray, of Gastonia, with one felony count each of manufacturing a controlled substance schedule II and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

Wray was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of driving while license revoked, failure to dim high-beam headlights and left of center. He was issued a $100,000 secured bond.

Amanda Dawn Armstrong, 27, of Bessemer City and 27-year-old Elizabeth May Buchanan were each charged with one felony count of manufacturing a controlled substance schedule II.

Armstrong was issued a $20,000 secured bond and Buchanan was issued a $30,000 secured bond.

Deputies say the vehicle was processed and cleaned Wednesday by deputies and the SBI.

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