A drug investigation late Friday night and into the day Saturday resulted in the seizure of a meth lab on McKoy Street in Clinton and the arrests of three people on felony charges.
At approximately 11 p.m. Friday, agents from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division (SID) approached the residence at 246 McKoy St. to arrest a wanted person staying at the address and talk with the residents regarding drug allegations. Investigators had been investigating suspects involved with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
James Edward Raynor Jr., 40, of 391 Sir Lane, Roseboro; Adrienne Young Tucker, 32, of 209 W. Arrowhead Drive, Clinton; and John Ranson Jordan, 51, of 580 Kings Pond Lane, Clinton, were each charged in connection with the investigation.
According to jail records, Raynor was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, six counts of possession/distribution of meth precursor, possession of pseudoephedrine prior to meth manufacture, possession of drug paraphernalia and storage of hazardous waste without a permit. Raynor also received an additional charge of failure to comply with monies.
Jordan was charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for the storage of a controlled substance, manufacturing methamphetamine, six counts of possession/distribution of meth precursor, possession of drug paraphernalia and storage of hazardous waste without a permit.
Tucker received charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, six counts of possession/distribution of meth precursor, possession of drug paraphernalia and storage of hazardous waste without a permit.
SID agents were reportedly able to detect evidence of meth making as they knocked on the door of the McKoy Street address. Agents subsequently entered and located items consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine and those items were disposed of by teams outfitted in hazmat suits.
Tucker, Jordan and Raynor were arrested on the scene, SID authorities said. They were booked in the Sampson County Detention Center Saturday morning. Tucker received a bond of $255,000, Jordan received a bond of $257,000 and Raynor was placed under a bond of $257,315.
According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Raynor has previous drug convictions in Sampson County and his probation/parole/post-release status is currently listed as “active” stemming from a felony conviction in August 2016 for which he received a suspended sentence and two years’ probation. That followed convictions in Sampson of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance in 2008; and possession/distribution of a meth precursor, possession of drug paraphernalia and controlled substance in a penal institution violation in 2012. He served close to a year in prison for those offenses, court records show.
Records show no prior drug convictions for Tucker or Jordan. Tucker was convicted of obstruction of justice in Sampson in 2010 and driving while impaired in Carteret in 2014. Jordan was convicted of communicating threats in Sampson in 2008.
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