Two jailed on meth charges

Sherry Matthews Editor

January 13, 2014

Two Sampson County residents were jailed over the weekend after a “knock and talk” at a Dunn Road residence uncovered what investigators determined was a meth lab.

Jonathan Honeycutt, 30, of 7151 Dunn Road, Roseboro, and Deanna Putchaconis, 28, of the same address were both charged in connection with the incident late Saturday.

Honeycutt faces charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, posses or distribute meth precursor, maintain a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of meth, all felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Putchaconis is charged with manufacturing meth, posses or distribute meth precursor and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, all felonies.

According to a press release issued by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, investigators with the Special Investigation Division conducted the “knock and talk” on the mobile home behind the 7151 Dunn Road residence.

As investigators approached the mobile home, the release stated, they discovered a “one pot method” canister of meth sitting in plain view on the back porch, along with assorted drug paraphernalia. Officers immediately secured the scene and detained those at the location.

Following a nearly 24 hour probe and clean-up of the site, Honeycutt and Putchaconis were taken into custody.

“Recently we were ranked fourth in the state in meth labs discovered,” Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said in a prepared statement. “I would like to comment those agents involved in this investigation and other investigations alike. These types of investigations take up a lot of our resources and man power to accomplish. Despite the long hours required in such investigations, our investigators remain dedicated and vigilant in their efforts to combat drugs.”

Honeycutt remained in jail Monday under a $125,000 secured bond, as did Putchaconis, jailed under a $110,000 secured bond.