A tip about the possible manufacture of methamphetamines at a Roseboro-area home has landed two Sampson County residents in jail facing a laundry list of drug charges.
Troy Sessoms, 48, of 4374 Hayne Stretch Road, and Kimberly Lee Johnson, 44, of 116 Carraway Road, Clinton were taken into custody late Sunday and charged with manufacturing meth, maintaining a dwelling for the manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of meth precursor chemicals, storage of hazardous waste and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to Sampson County Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith, agents with the Special Investigation’s Division investigated the tip and located enough evidence at the Hayne Stretch Road residence to obtain a search warrant.
The evidence of meth manufacturing, the lieutenant noted, was in plain site, giving agents the justification to obtain the warrant.
During the search, agents located components of meth manufacturing; as a result Sessoms and Johnson were taken into custody.
Smith said more charges are expected.
Johnson and Sessoms were placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under separate $50,000 bonds. They remained behind bars Tuesday afternoon.
Court dates had not yet been listed for either of the suspects.
Sheriff Jimmy Thornton praised his agents for their investigative efforts and once again pointed out how important the collaboration between residents and agents is to successfully halting criminal activity in any community.
“I cannot praise my team enough for their hard work. They are tireless in running down tips and conducting investigative work of their own. These officers are intent on ridding our streets of criminal activity, and they do a great job,” the sheriff asserted.
“Just as importantly, I can’t say enough good things about residents willing to get involved and provide tips about activity they suspect in their neighborhoods. They can and often are our eyes and ears in a community. Together we make a great team in fighting the illegal activities that go on.”
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