CROUSE, NC (WBTV) - Two Lincoln County residents were arrested after deputies found a meth lab in a vehicle Sunday night.
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the 4500 block of Crouse Road after a homeowner reported finding what they thought was drug paraphernalia.
Deputies found needles, tubing, and other items consistent with the manufacturing and use of methamphetamine in a burn pile behind the house, according to the report.
The findings led investigators to a nearby location where they wound a person sitting inside of a small truck. Deputies were able to search the truck and located what appeared to be a one pot meth lab.
During the investigation, narcotics detectives found that two people were involved in the meth lab, one who mixed the chemicals and one who bought the pseudoephedrine.
Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in the making of meth. Due to the increase in meth labs, NC lawmakers in 2006 made it illegal to purchase pseudoephedrine over the counter like other cold medicines, instead requiring consumers sign for each purchase.
"The people involved in one pot meth labs have changed so they can elude detection by getting someone else to purchase the pseudoephedrine for them. We have recognized this and not only investigate those that make the meth but also the ones who buy the ingredients for them," said Lt. Jon Propst.
Bobby Ray Martin, 31, was charged with one felony count of Manufacturing Methamphetamine. He was held with no bond.
Linda Kay McMahan, 64, was charged with one felony count of Conspiring to Manufacture Methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $20,000 secured.
Anyone with information about illegal activity in your community is urged to call the Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8422 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. You can remain anonymous and if your Crime Stoppers tip leads to arrest you could receive a reward of up to $1,000.