Three people have been arrested in connection with a meth lab found on Hunter Road, Clinton, investigation into which is ongoing.
Agents with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division received information about a possible meth lab at 2411 Hunter Road, Clinton, on Wednesday, subsequently responding to the address to investigate the complaint and obtaining consent from owners to search the property.
During the investigation, agents identified materials consistent with meth manufacturing and were able to gather enough evidence “to determine the location was previously used to manufacture meth,” sheriff’s officials said. As a result, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was contacted to dispose of the meth precursor chemicals
Jeffrey Hunter, 36, and Melanie Jones, 39, both of 2411 Hunter Road, Clinton, and Tessie Cashwell, 33, of 444 Ernest Williams Road, Roseboro, were each charged with three counts of possession of meth precursor chemical. Cashwell received an additional count of storage of hazardous waste.
Hunter was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $50,000 bond. Jones and Cashwell were placed under $45,000 bonds apiece. The investigation into the Hunter Road lab is continuing and other charges are possible.
It is just the latest lab dismantled in recent weeks across the county following investigation by the Sheriff’s SID. Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said it is another example of a great relationship the department has with Sampson residents, whose trust in deputies continues to lead to such busts.
“This investigation is ongoing and is yet another example of the strong relationship the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office has with the citizens of Sampson County,” the sheriff stated. “We are grateful that our citizens continue to have confidence and trust in our operation and are willing to be the eyes and ears of our community. Without our citizens’ help, we could not be successful.”
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