Meth lab seized in Newton Grove; three arrested

Chris Berendt Staff Writer

October 29, 2013

NEWTON GROVE — A drug complaint led to the arrests of three people and the dismantling of a methamphetamine lab in an investigation expected to yield additional charges in the near future.

At approximately 8 p.m. Sunday, agents with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Division went to a residence on Apple Lane, Newton Grove, in response to a drug complaint. While there agents noticed a “one pot” meth lab in plain view on the window seal inside the residence.

Agents spoke with Delbert Wayne Long, 42, who was at the residence, and as a result of the meth lab in plain view, he and two others at the home, Michael Linwood Jones, 40, and Heather Nicole Williams, 26, were taken into custody and detained.

After securing the residence, a search warrant was obtained and a subsequent search of the home revealed a meth lab inside the residence, as well as a sawed-off shotgun, considered by authorities a weapon of mass destruction. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation was contacted and responded to assist in the investigation and cleanup of the meth lab.

As a result of the investigation, Sampson Sheriff’s authorities leveled charges against Long, Jones and Williams, who were all given six-digit bonds as a result.

Jones, of the 460 Apple Lane, Newton Grove, residence, received the bulk of the charges. He has been charged with one count each of felony manufacturing methamphetamine; felony maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance; and felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Jones was also served outstanding orders for arrest out of Harnett County on charges of unlawful transport of copper and possession of open container.

Jones was placed under $131,500 bond.

Long, of 714 Needmore Road, Turkey, and Williams, 26, of 3625 Stevensmill Road, Goldsboro, were each charged with felony manufacturing methamphetamine and placed under bonds of $100,000 apiece.

“More charges are expected as a result of this investigation,” said Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton. “This is another great example of how proactive citizens play a vital role in ridding the county of criminals.”

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