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Stedman couple charged with running meth lab

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STEDMAN, N.C. -

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Bureau of Narcotics Agents have uncovered a methamphetamine lab located in the eastern portion of Cumberland County, and near the Sampson County line.

On Sunday night, deputies were called to the 2800 block of Butler Island Bridge Road after two people were seen coming out of a wooded area near South River.

Deputies located a plastic tub containing liquid Drano, Heet, Lithium batteries, salt, a propane canister, as well as two HCL generators.

Arrested were 33-year old Stephen James Autry and his spouse, 28-year old Ashlee Alisabeth  Autry, both of Magnolia Church Road, Stedman. Both are charged with possession of an immediate precursor to the manufacturing of methamphetamine as well as with intent to manufacture a controlled substance and conspiracy.

Stephen Autry is also charged with larceny and possession of stolen goods, forgery of instrument, uttering a forged instrument, obtaining property by false pretenses and felony larceny by employee. All are related to previous crimes.

Ashlee Autry is also facing other charges. Ashlee Autry also had a past warrant for her arrest on charges of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Both defendants are being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a bond of $20,000.

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