Faison Highway meth lab probe yields second arrest


By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



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These items, key in the making of meth, were discovered inside a Faison Highway home by agents with the Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division. A second arrest has now been made in connection with the lab.


Another arrest has been made in connection with a meth lab found earlier this week inside a Faison Highway (N.C. 403) residence just north of Clinton.

Donald Jackson Bass, 39, of 735 Faison Hwy., Clinton, turned himself in to Sampson County Sheriff’s investigators Friday and was served with a slew of drug-related charges related to the discovery of the lab, the ninth dismantled in Sampson this year —as many as there were in all of 2014.

His arrest came three days after members of the Sampson County Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division (SID) responded to the Faison Highway address to investigate a drug complaint, discovering evidence consistent with those found in a meth lab, including pseudoephedrine, sulfuric acid, red phosphorus and anhydrous ammonia.

“Through the investigation it was determined that the suspect was also associated with and participated in the manufacturing of methamphetamines at the residence,” Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith said Friday.

He noted that a stolen motorcycle was also found at the residence.

Bass has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute meth precursors; maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; storage of hazardous waste; possession of marijuana; and possession of a stolen vehicle.

The charges against Bass come in the wake of a meth lab investigation that saw local and state law enforcement descend on the home, arresting Luther Larson Pearson IV, 29, in the process.

After receiving the drug complaint, SID agents responded to the residence Tuesday evening and conducted a “knock and talk,” at which point the agents observed evidence of a meth lab and found Pearson in the home. Agents seized the property until a search warrant could be obtained and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist in dismantling the lab and cleaning up the hazardous materials.

Pearson was subsequently charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, three counts of possession and distributing meth precursor chemicals, storage of hazardous waste without a permit and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed under $150,000 secured bond.

At the time, sheriff’s officials said they anticipated additional charges as part of the ongoing investigation. On Friday, that’s just what happened.

Bass was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $210,000 secured bond.

Reach staff writer Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

By Chris Berendt

[email protected]

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These items, key in the making of meth, were discovered inside a Faison Highway home by agents with the Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division. A second arrest has now been made in connection with the lab.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_methlab12.jpgThese items, key in the making of meth, were discovered inside a Faison Highway home by agents with the Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division. A second arrest has now been made in connection with the lab.

Reach staff writer Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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