Fourth person arrested in meth lab case


By Chris Berendt - cberendt@s24477.p831.sites.pressdns.com



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A fourth person has been taken into custody in connection with a meth lab seized at a McKoy Street residence Friday night.

Sheila Smith, 55, of 4646 Bradshaw Road, Clinton, has been charged with two counts of possession and distribution of meth precursor and a single count of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for the sale and storage of a controlled substance, according to reports released Tuesday.

She was arrested on Bradshaw Road on Monday and transported to the Sheriff’s Office, where her bond was set at $15,000 secured. Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith confirmed Smith’s arrest was made in the McKoy Street meth case, and said he was unaware of any additional arrests as of Tuesday.

“Warrants were obtained by investigators in connection with the recent lab and deputies served the warrants (Monday),” he noted.

Agents with the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division (SID) investigated a drug complaint at 324 McKoy St. in Clinton, near the intersection of Johnson Street, at about 9 p.m. Friday. Agents responding to the home said they found “evidence consistent with meth manufacturing” in plain view. Occupants were taken into custody and a search revealed suspected meth as well as an unknown liquid. Those items were sent to the state lab for testing.

Charged in connection with the discovery of the lab were: Matthew Alexander Holland, 41, of 324 McKoy St., Clinton; Amanda Lynn Thornton, 47, of 96 Denton Ave., Clinton; and Amanda Dawn Bell, 39, of 3921 Roanoke Road, Newton Grove. They were charged with various felonies, to include meth manufacturing, possession with intent to manufacture meth precursor and other offenses. Thornton and Holland were jailed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $275,000 secured bond apiece. Bell was jailed under $300,000 secured bond.

Sheriff’s officials have noted that Friday’s bust was the second time in less than a year a meth lab was located at the residence, however they did not offer any further information on a possible link between the two incidents. Following the initial arrests, Smith said the investigation was ongoing and additional charges were possible.

Man arrested; 5,000 Xanax seized

A man stopped on Interstate 40 just before noon Monday, reportedly for a traffic violation, was taken into custody on felony drug charges after thousands of prescription pills were found in the vehicle, authorities said.

Blane Evans Garfield, 21, of Fuquay-Varina, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for the sale and storage of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $50,000 secured.

Garfield was reportedly traveling eastbound in a 2010 Land Rover when he was stopped, near mile marker 353 in the Faison area of Sampson, reports state. Deputies with the Sampson County Criminal Interdiction Team conducted the stop for what Smith termed “a traffic violation.”

”During the stop, deputies conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and located 5,000 Xanax pills during the search,” the lieutenant noted. “As a result, the suspect was arrested and charged.“

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By Chris Berendt

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