WADESBORO — Two women were arrested on meth charges Monday after watchful residents called Anson County sheriff’s deputies.
Amber Nichole Medlin, 26, and Crystal Juanita Dellinger, 28, both of Monroe, were arrested after tipsters noticed their car.
“Deputies were called to a drug area in the northern part of Anson County by some concerned and observant citizens to check out a suspicious vehicle sitting on the side of the road,” Lt. Josh Beam said in a release. “The citizens were able to give a good description of the vehicle and the responding deputy was able to located it without delay.”
The deputies then asked why the women’s vehicle was there and were given permission from both women to search the car. Upon searching, they found “an immediate precursor chemical, lithium battery and Sudafed,” giving them “reasonable cause to believe that the immediate precursor chemical would be used to manufacture methamphetamine,” according to arrest warrants.
Both Medlin and Dellinger were charged with possession of meth precursors. Dellinger faces additional charges.
“Officers located a small bag of methamphetamine stuffed in the seat of the patrol car she was transported in and [she] was charged with possession of methamphetamine,” Beam said in the release.
She is also charged with criminal contempt, according to Anson County Jail records.
Medlin was jailed under a $2,500 secured bond. Dellinger is being held under a $25,000 secured bond on the possession of meth precursors charge and a $5,000 secured bond for the possession of methamphetamine charge.
Both women are scheduled to appear in court on June 16 at 9:30 a.m.
Sheriff Landric Reid said he was grateful for the citizens’ phone call that led to the arrest.
“I would like to take the time to thank the citizens involved in this situation and many others for accepting and helping build my Community Policing Initiative,” he said in a statement. “Remember that through your dedicated support, we together working toward a common goal can make Anson County a safer place for everyone.”
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