Three people charged in a meth lab operation on Royal Lane back in April are now facing drug trafficking offenses after a state lab test confirmed the presence of more than a pound and a half of the drug, authorities said.
“A search was conducted in April and items consistent with meth were located,” Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith recapped Tuesday. “The items were sent off to the N.C. State Lab to be tested and the results returned recently with positive results. As a result, the new charges were filed.”
Ashley Megan Johnson, 28, Christopher Joe Justus, 27, and Stephen Wayne Justus Jr., 34, all of 426-A Royal Lane Apartments, Clinton, were each charged with trafficking methamphetamine by possession and trafficking methamphetamine by manufacture. They were all served Friday at the magistrate’s office and placed under $150,000 secured bond apiece for the new offenses.
According to reports, it was confirmed that there was 706 grams of meth — about 1.55 pounds — seized in the investigation by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division (SID).
Along with Johnson, Christopher Justus and Stephen Justus Jr., two others were initially charged on April 7, including Windy Faircloth Furin, 39, and Justin Keith Daw, 33.
All five were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and five counts of possession of precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. Johnson, Furin, Stephen Justus Jr. and Christopher Justus each received an additional charge of maintaining a dwelling for the manufacture of methamphetamine, because the four reportedly lived in the apartment. A neighbor, Daw had a listed address of 426-D Royal Lane Apartments.
According to previous reports, at about 10:20 a.m. April 7, SID agents executed a probable cause search warrant at 426-A Royal Lane Apartments in Clinton, where they found and subsequently seized a meth lab. Five adults and a juvenile were inside the residence at the time, according to sheriff’s officials.
Agents reportedly located meth, items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia
“The majority of methamphetamine manufacturing items were found in the pantry just off the kitchen,” Smith said at the time. “Agents also located meth waste inside the dumpster near the residence.”
The Sampson County Department of Social Services was contacted regarding the care of the juvenile and the State Bureau of Investigation responded for hazardous waste cleanup at Royal Lane Apartments.
Johnson, Furin, Stephen Justus Jr. and Christopher Justus were each placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $110,000 secured bond. Daw received $100,000 secured bond.
While Johnson and the two Justuses are now facing new charges, Furin and Daw had not received any additional trafficking charges as of Tuesday.
In a separate case, Sampson County Sheriff’s authorities also served out-of-county charges on a Beulaville man in a Duplin County drug investigation.
Holden Parker Quinn, 26, of 776 Fountaintown Road, Beulaville, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, manufacture a Schedule II controlled substance, selling a Schedule II controlled substance, delivering a Schedule II controlled substance, two counts of conspiracy to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Quinn was placed under $50,000 secured bond. The charges stem from warrants issued Aug. 29 out of Duplin.
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