Meth trafficking charges leveled in Faison Hwy lab probe

By Chris Berendt -



Two men already behind bars in connection with a meth lab discovery last month have now received trafficking offenses after further examination of the seized materials by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.

Luther Laron Pearson IV, 30, of 514 Stewart Ave., Clinton, and Donald Jackson Bass II, 39, of 735 Faison Hwy., Clinton, have each been charged with trafficking methamphetamin by possession, trafficking methamphetamine by manufacture and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine.

Both men received bonds of $500,000 secured for the new charges.

According to their arrest reports, 455 grams of meth was seized during the initial incident.

“The agents received the results back from the SBI lab confirming the materials seized were in fact meth,” Sampson County Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith said Thursday. “These results brought the new charges.”

Both Pearson and Jackson were served the charges at the Detention Center, where they were still behind bars for the charges stemming from the initial meth lab investigation.

That lab was discovered inside Bass’ Faison Highway residence Aug. 11 after agents received a complaint of possible drug activity at the home, located just outside the city limits on Faison Highway (N.C. 403).

Members of the Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division (SID) responded to 735 Faison Hwy., Clinton, to investigate the complaint, conducting a “knock and talk.” At that point, agents discovered evidence consistent with those found in a meth lab and used in the making of meth. Pearson was inside the home with the items, which included pseudoephedrine, sulfuric acid, red phosphorus and anhydrous ammonia. He was detained and subsequently arrested.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist in dismantling the lab and cleaning up the hazardous materials.

At that time, Pearson was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine; three counts of possession and distributing meth precursor chemicals; storage of hazardous waste without a permit; and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was initially placed under $150,000 secured bond.

Bass was taken into custody two days later and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute meth precursors; maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; storage of hazardous waste without a permit; possession of marijuana; and possession of a stolen vehicle. His initial bond was $210,000.

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By Chris Berendt



Reach staff writer Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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