ROCKINGHAM — Sheriff’s deputies say a traffic stop this week took a Scotland County man and his rolling meth lab off the road.
Richmond County deputies on Wednesday arrested 37-year-old Robert Gray Gainey of 9860 Trophy Lane, Laurel Hill, after stopping his black Ford Bronco. Gainey was caught with meth-cooking supplies and prescription pills, according to arrest warrants.
Lithium metal, described in charging documents as “an immediate precursor chemical,” was seized along with a glass pipe, burned tinfoil and the anti-anxiety drug alprazolam, the warrants state.
Gainey is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing or distributing a meth precursor, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Richmond County currently ranks third among North Carolina’s 100 counties in the number of meth lab busts made this year, State Bureau of Investigation figures reveal.
N.C. Division of Adult Correction records show no criminal convictions for Gainey, though he’s been arrested multiple times this year.
Gainey was charged with attempted common-law robbery Feb. 13 after police say he tried to rob the Burger King on Hamlet Avenue in Hamlet. At the time of his arrest, he faced pending trespassing, disorderly conduct, marijuana possession and impaired driving charges in Scotland County.
He has a previous address on Gainey Circle in the Marston community, according to court documents in the attempted robbery case.
Gainey was booked into the Richmond County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear in court on the mobile meth lab charges Oct. 1.
Court records show Gainey also faces a pending charge of driving while impaired in Scotland County.
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