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Two Charged With Meth Manufacturing After Traffic Stop

In North Carolina, as in many states, you do not necessarily need to have drugs on you to be charged with drug possession. In fact, police only need to find objects or material commonly used to ingest drugs, or in their manufacturing. This is called drug paraphernalia possession.

Two suspects were recently arrested in Yadkin County on just such a charge. During a routine traffic stop, police searched the vehicle and discovered chemicals which are used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines.

The two suspects are a man from West Virginia who was traveling with an 18-year-old woman. They have been charged with drug paraphernalia possession, drug manufacturing, and "maintaining a vehicle for illegal drug purposes." Even though they are not from North Carolina, the arrest happened here and they will be tried in North Carolina court.

The two may face accusations that they were running a "mobile meth lab." These are simply methamphetamine production facilities which are operated in the backs of vans and other large vehicles. Drug producers often use vehicles in order to stay on the move and avoid detection or capture.

In addition to the charges listed above, the man was also charged for driving with a revoked license and displaying fake license plates. This may have raised the initial suspicions which caused police to search the vehicle.

It is important to remember that police do not need to seize actual drugs to build an effective criminal case. This incident shows very clearly that drug paraphernalia possession can lead to serious charges, prison sentences, and thousands of dollars in fines.

Source: WXII12.com, "Meth Lab Chemicals Found In Stopped Car, Deputies Say," 15 February 2011

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