A report from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office says a man and woman were arrested on November 17 this year after a suspicious vehicle containing materials to make methamphetamine was pulled over.
The driver of the vehicle that was pulled over has been identified as Brandon Keith Lovelace, 34 of Mecklenburg County and the passenger has been identified as Brandi Nichole Pinson, 32 of Gaston County.
During the initial stop, it was discovered by Deputies that Lovelace had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Cleveland County and that his license had been revoked.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office brought a K-9 Unit from Rutherford County since they did not have one on duty at the time. According to the report, the K-9 Officer Rocky alerted law enforcement to a cooler inside of the car that contained various chemicals and a methamphetamine lab.
Deputies at the scene called in other units to help assist with the removal and disposal of the lab, including the State Bureau of Investigation and the Columbus Fire Department.
One lane of Interstate 26 E was closed down for about an hour during this stop.
Brandon Keith Lovelace is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacture of methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance, and trafficking methamphetamine. Brandi Nichole Pinson is charged with manufacturing and also trafficking methamphetamine.
Both suspects are being held on a $20,000 bond and have extensive criminal histories.