Woman arrested after mobile meth lab found
ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — A woman was arrested and charged with making methamphetamine after investigators found a mobile meth lab during a traffic stop near Salisbury Tuesday.
According to officials, an active “one pot” shake and bake laboratory was found in a vehicle during the stop, along with assorted items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Lindy Christie Pistone, 36, of 6565 Weldon Circle South, Concord, was a passenger in the vehicle.
Deputies found numerous stolen IDs in Pistone’s purse, which led investigators to believe that the identifications were being used in a scheme to obtain pseudoephedrine in other people’s names.
This is the primary ingredient in the methamphetamine manufacturing.
Pistone was charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, three counts of possession of precursor chemicals used in manufacturing methamphetamine, and one court of possession of drug paraphernalia used to manufacture a controlled substance.
The identity theft will be investigated and additional charges are possible, officials say.
Pistone was placed under a $75,000 secured bond.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is assisting Rowan officials in the investigation and the clandestine laboratory cleanup.