LINCOLNTON, N.C. -- Lincoln County Sheriff s deputies shut down a meth lab in eastern Lincoln County Thursday and also arrested two other individuals for possession of chemicals used to make methamphetamine.

Sheriff s narcotics investigators busted a meth lab at 4527 Hunter Rhyne Road in Lincolnton on Thursday afternoon after receiving information on the Drug Tip Line and getting a search warrant.

Aaron Stuart Vancamp, 40, Daniel Phillip Stoddard, 22 and Valarie Christine McDowell, 42, all of 4527 Hunter Rhyne Road in Lincolnton, were charged with felony manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance. The bond was set at $25,000 secured for each of them.

Then around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Deputy David Millerstrom was on patrol on Business Highway 16 South when he noticed a suspicious vehicle pulling out of McIntosh Road.

The license plate on the vehicle had been bent down and the officer was unable to read it so he stopped the car. The two people inside the vehicle gave consent to search the interior of the car.

It was then that officers found a crack pipe and a syringe. Officers also searched the trunk and found a back pack containing chemicals to make methamphetamine. The vehicle was secured and towed to the impound lot.

In the second incident, Curtis Lee Blalock, 44, of 6744 Old Plank Road in Stanley and Michael Elston Smith, Jr., 38, of 1169 Furnace Road in Iron Station, were charged with one felony count of possess and distribute meth precursor and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Blalock was also charged with no operator s license. Blalock is under a $5,500 secured bond while bond for Smith was set at $5,000 secured.

Thanks to the hard work of our drug investigators on following up on several leads that lead to the search warrant at the location on Hunter Rhyne Road, said Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter in a statement. This is the first of probably more to come in our area as information continues to come in concerning drug activity.

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