According to reports, investigators located Justin Ryan Jackson, 16, of 49 Junkyard Lane Clinton, in a vehicle parked near the establishment. Jackson was immediately arrested for consumption of alcohol. During a subsequent search, investigators said they also discovered a .22-caliber pistol concealed on his person.
The owner of the vehicle, Kenneth Wayne Bryant, 29, of 424 Tar Heel Drive, Clinton, was also arrested at the scene for disorderly conduct and purchasing alcohol for a minor. Investigators searched Bryant’s vehicle and discovered approximately 30 grams of methamphetamine.
Bryant was additionally charged with trafficking in methamphetamine; felony possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell and deliver; and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jackson was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond; Bryant under a $75,000 secured. Court dates were not set at press time.
According to the N.C. Department of Correction’s website, Bryant has had previous convictions in Sampson County for second degree arson, damage to property, violation of a protective order and communicating threats (all in 2007); communicating threats and a violation of a protective order (both in 2005); and damage to property, injury to real property and assault on a female (all in 1999).
Bryant has also been convicted of crimes in Cumberland County, including in 1997, for possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
More recently, on July 24, Bryant was arrested and charged with making harassing phone calls, communicating threats and possession of a schedule II controlled substance and placed under a $10,000 bond. He has not been tried on those charges.
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