Three People Charged with Meth Lab in Lincoln County

Staff Writer

Lincolnton, NC – Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested three people Monday (October 19, 2015) following a week long investigation into a methamphetamine lab.
On October 14, 2015 Adam District deputies responded to a call in the 2600 block of Laboratory Road where a citizen found a duffel bag containing some suspicious items lying in a wooded area near the walking trail. After a brief inspection of the items deputies called for the narcotics detectives who confirmed it was a meth lab. “After checking some of the items contained inside the duffel bag, our detectives were able to follow several leads that subsequently led to these arrests,” said Lincoln County Sheriff’s Narcotics Lt. Jon Propst.
Meth lab certified narcotics detectives examined the items and called the SBI for approval in removing the lab and assistance in disposal. According to detectives, the lab had several components consistent with what is known as a “one pot” meth lab. Depending on the stage of the lab, a “one pot” can be very dangerous if not properly neutralized and disposed of. “This bag and its contents were just thrown into the woods near an area where the public routinely visit to walk. Thanks to an observant citizen we were able to contain the chemicals and dispose of them properly before any innocent party was exposed,” said Lt. Propst.
Ricky Nelson Denny, Jr., 23, of 1215 Harbin Ct. Bessemer City (formerly of Vale), Michael Scott Hester, 36, of 241 Bud Black Road, Crouse, NC and Jordan Elizabeth Bingham, 23, of 5199 Crouse Rd, Crouse, NC were charged with one felony count each of Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Felony Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine. Bingham is also charged with one misdemeanor count of Simple Possession of Marijuana. They are currently being held in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a no bond hold each for the meth lab and a $5,000 secured for the conspiracy charge.
Meth labs can be extremely hazardous to your health if exposed. The Sheriff’s Office request that if you locate items you think may be related to a meth lab, call and report the incident. Do not touch the items or move them in any way and get away from the area. If you think you have located a meth lab call Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202. Otherwise tips on suspected meth labs or any other drug activity can be given anonymously by calling the Sheriff’s Office Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8422 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. All tips are investigated.