LINCOLNTON, N.C. -- Detectives following up on an existing criminal investigation found two meth labs on a Lincoln County property, according to the sheriff s office.

Police found several people in a wooded area near the home located in the 8800 block of Highway 10 when they arrived Friday afternoon.

As they got closer, the sheriff s office says the suspect threw a one pot meth lab into nearby brush, setting a fire. Firefighters were called out to extinguish the flames.

Investigators then found a second one pot lab inside of the mobile home on the property. An SBI crew is handling cleanup.

Police arrested the man they originally intended to investigate for break-in and larceny charges. Rodney Scott Wright, 44, is accused of breaking into a building on Highway 27 West on Thursday and removing lockers, a stove and bed rails.

He has been booked into jail under a $20,000 secured bond.

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