ROSEBORO — A meth lab was discovered and subsequently dismantled, and two arrests made in connection with drug activities, as part of what is the 21st meth lab investigation in Sampson County this year.
Late Friday, agents with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Division responded to 214 Woodland Lane, Roseboro, to investigate possible “meth-related activities.”
Agents responded to the residence to investigate the complaint and, according to reports, probable cause was developed to seize the home and conduct a search warrant. During that search, an active meth lab was discovered and agents contacted the State Bureau of Investigation, whose agents dismantled and disposed of the meth lab and hazardous materials.
Cory Dion Bennett, 29, of 214 Woodlane Lane, and Samantha Yarboro, 21, of 8215 Innisbrook Court, Parkton, were charged in connection with the investigation. Also discovered was an undetermined amount of meth and two firearms, authorities said.
Bennett was charged with possession of firearm by felon, possession of methamphetamine, possession and distribution of meth precursor, possession of drug paraphernalia, storage of hazardous waste, littering of hazardous waste, manufacturing meth and possession of meth with a prior conviction.
Yarboro was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession and distribution of meth precursor, possession of drug paraphernalia, storage of hazardous waste, littering of hazardous waste and manufacturing meth.
Bennett’s bond was set at $550,000. Yarboro received $225,000 bond.
According to court records available through the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Bennett has a long list of felony drug-related convictions from 2010-14 in Sampson County.
The Roseboro lab was the 21st seized in Sampson in 2015, compared to nine last year. The last lab was found on Nov. 23 following a structure fire at 1920 Leroy Autry Road, Autryville. Authorities found that two burn victims, Jimmy Delton Butler Jr. and Kimberly Huff, had been transported from a separate residence on South River Road several miles away just moments before the blaze was reported.
Sheriff’s officials said that incident is still under investigation, with no charges brought as of yet.
Sheriff Jimmy Thornton noted the manpower that goes into such investigations, lauding his personnel for their work.
“These agents worked over from Friday evening until late Saturday evening on this case with no rest,” Thornton stated. “Cases like this take a lot of time and manpower to complete. We have some outstanding and dedicated employees and I’m thankful for the job they do each day.”
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