Convicted meth trafficker arrested again, gets big bond


By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



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A Clinton man who was just convicted of methamphetamine trafficking in January is now in trouble with the drug again.

Bradley Justin Watts, 34, of 371 Cabbage Patch Road, Clinton, was charged with two counts of possession of meth precursor chemicals. He was also charged with interfering with electronic monitoring device and felony probation violation. The warrants for the last two charges were issued on May 13 and May 24, respectively.

He was arrested Sunday at a residence on the 8000 block of U.S. 421 North. He was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond.

Agents with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division went to the residence to locate Watts and serve him with felony drug-related warrants stemming from an investigation. When they arrived there, they found Watts behind the residence, “burning trash that contained meth-related items,” Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith said.

Watts has previous meth-related convictions on his criminal record, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He was convicted on multiple counts of possession and distribution of a meth precursor in Sampson back in 2011. In January 2016, he was convicted of trafficking in methamphetamine. He was given a suspended sentenced and ordered to serve three years probation.

In a separate meth-related arrest, Jennifer Marie Hill, 39, of 65 Union School Road, Clinton, was charged with second degree trespass and possession of methamphetamine. She was placed under $5,000 bond for the trespassing charge and $10,000 bond for the drug possession offense.

She was arrested Friday on Union School Road for allegedly trespassing. Upon arrest she was searched and a bottle containing meth was discovered.

Court records show that Hill has previous convictions of driving while impaired, second degree trespass, communicating threats, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, resisting officer and assault on a public official.

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