Lab suspects get more felony meth charges

By Chris Berendt -



Two suspects arrested in connection with a meth lab bust March 30 are now facing trafficking charges following results from the State Crime Lab.

The charges stem from a search that was conducted by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division (SID) at 2323 Zoar Church Road, Salemburg, on March 30. During that search, evidence was seized — reportedly 222 grams of methamphetamine — that was later submitted to the lab for testing.

“A positive lab report was sent back to investigators and warrants based on that report were obtained on both suspects,” said Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith.

Earl Wayne Mitchum, 34, of 2323 Zoar Church Road, Salemburg, and Darlon Dillon-Anthony Kinlock, 44, listed as being of the same Zoar Church Road address but who has an alternate address on West North Street, Roseboro, were each charged Wednesday with trafficking methamphetamine by possession and trafficking methamphetamine by manufacture.

Both were given $100,000 secured bonds for the new charges, served at the Sampson County Detention Center, where they have been since being arrested under a laundry list of felony drug charges following the initial investigation.

That investigation began March 30 with two felony arrests during a late-night traffic stop and ended with the arrests of Mitchum and Kinlock in connection with the lab, where authorities said meth was being sold.

SID agents conducted a traffic stop on Bearskin Road, which led to the discovery of meth, meth precursors, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Two Plainview Highway residents in the vehicle were charged in connection with the drugs and related items seized. Following investigation, SID agents discovered a meth lab a short time later at the Salemburg residence of Mitchum, who also had an alternate address on Tyndall Town Road, Clinton, in sheriff’s records.

After a search warrant was obtained, drug agents discovered meth manufacturing precursors, as well as meth and “meth waste,” at the single-wide trailer on Zoar Church Road. Evidence indicated methamphetamine was being sold from the residence, authorities said. The amount of the drug seized was not disclosed at the time.

Mitchum and Kinlock were subsequently charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, four counts of possession/distribution of meth precursors, manufacturing meth, maintaining a dwelling for the sale and manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and storage of hazardous waste without a permit.

The two were placed in the Detention Center under $305,000 secured bonds apiece then. The additional trafficking offenses, and the accompanying $100,000 bond amount, has now been tacked on to the other pending charges. The two have a court date of May 20.

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By Chris Berendt



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

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