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Gaston County man charged with possession of meth, stolen vehicle and weapons

Police said the suspect also had an AR-15 rifle, a handgun and a stolen vehicle.
Credit: Gaston County Police

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — Gaston County officials say two inmates were mistakenly released from the Gaston County Jail Thursday. The search for the inmates followed throughout the night.

One of the inmates was located by sheriff's deputies, but one remains at large.

According to police, 35-year-old Kyle Williamson Auten. 

During his initial arrest, a K-9 officer found approximately 253 grams of crystal meth and a stolen vehicle. Police also allege that Auten was in possession of a pistol and AR-15 rifle. 

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Auten was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and a felony probation violation. He was being held in the Gaston County Jail on a $250,000 bond before being mistakenly released.

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He is now facing additional charges of prison breach and escape from county or municipal confinement facilities or officers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gaston County Sheriff's Office at 704-869-6800.

No further information has been provided by police. 

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