Three Sampson County residents are facing felony drug charges after meth manufacturing items were located at home in the northern part of the county following a court-ordered warrantless search by assisted by probation authorities.
Robert Kelly Alphin, 35; Kristin Louise Gainey, 27; and Jody Dustin Kennedy, 33, all listed as being of the same 1500 N. Spring Branch Road address in the Plain View community, were taken into custody.
The Sampson County Special Investigations Division went to the property to assist probation and parole officers with a court-ordered probation warrantless search on Kennedy. When they arrived at the residence, investigators reportedly located meth precursors “and other items consistent with manufacturing meth,” Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith said.
All three were charged with two counts of possession and distribution of a meth precursor, maintaining a place/dwelling for storage of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Alphin received an addition count of misdemeanor child abuse.
Alphin, Gainey and Kennedy were placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $70,000 secured bond apiece.
According to court records available through the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Kennedy has previous convictions of possession of stolen goods, larceny and felony breaking and entering in Harnett and Johnston counties. His latest conviction for financial card fraud came in November 2016 in Cumberland County, for which he was given a suspended sentence and two years of probation.
That probationary status is still active, records show, leading to the involvement of probation and parole officials.
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