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January 29, 2013

Pinehurst PD shuts down meth lab

PINEHURST — The Pinehurst Police Department, in a joint operation with Precinct 2 Constable David Cagle, executed a search and arrest warrant 9:15 p.m. on Sunday at a home located at 2745 40th Street in Pinehurst. 

Information was obtained that Methamphetamine or “Crystal Meth” or other illicit substances were being manufactured within the residence. 

A quantity of methamphetamine was located within the residence as well as paraphernalia and ingredients of a methamphetamine laboratory used to manufacture the substance. Arrested at the scene was David Matthew Lester, 36, who resides at the residence as well as Darrin Kyle Foreman, 41, of Orange. 

Both men remain in the Orange County Jail, each with a $10,000 bond charged with Possession of a controlled substance. If convicted, both men face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. 

Pinehurst Police Chief Fred R. Hanauer III stated that an operation of this type is dangerous to the public as well as those manufacturing the substance due to the volatility of the ingredients used and the potential for explosions. Ingredients may include red phosphorus, drain cleaner, lithium batteries, acetone, lye, muratic acid, pseudo-ephedrine nasal and sinus medication as well as other dangerous chemicals. He encourages citizens to call if they suspect something of this nature is occurring. “Although the residence falls outside of the drug free zone of the West Orange Elementary School, the residence is within 1/4 mile of the school and we will not tolerate this in Pinehurst,” Hanauer added. 

The West Orange Police Department assisted in the operation.

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