3 face meth trafficking charges
October probe into discovered meth lab leads to more arrests
Sherry Matthews Editor
Two Sampson County men and a Wayne County woman are facing additional felony drug charges this week as a result of a methamphetamine investigation that began in late October.
Heather Nicole Williams, Michael Linwood Jones and Delbert Wayne Long were taken into custody Wednesday and charged with two counts each of trafficking in methamphetamine and one count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver. Those charges have now been added to a laundry list of other offenses leveled against the three in late October.
Sampson Sheriff’s Cpl. Marcus Smith said Thursday morning that evidence and substances collected from an Apple Lane, Newton Grove residence in late October had been sent to the State Bureau of Investigation lab. “The findings allowed us to bring additional charges.”
The initial October arrests of Williams, 26, of 309 Sandhill Drive, Goldsboro, Jones, 40, 460 Apple Lane and Long, 42, 714 Needmore Road, Turkey were the direct result of a drug complaint, which also brought about the dismantling of a meth lab discovered when officers went to investigate the information they had received about the Newton Grove residence.
Earlier sheriff’s reports show that agents with the Sampson County Special Investigations Division found a “one pot” meth lab in plain view on a window seal inside the Apple Lane residence when they went there in October.
A subsequent search of the home revealed a meth lab inside the residence as well as a sawed-off shotgun, considered by authorities a weapon of mass destruction. The SBI assisted in the initial investigation and cleaned up the meth lab.
At that time, Jones was charged with one count each of felony manufacturing meth, felony maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction and placed under a $131,500 bond. Long and Williams were each charged with felony manufacturing meth and jailed under separate $100,000 bonds.
On Wednesday, the three were jailed once again, this time under separate $250,000 bonds. All three remained behind bars Thursday afternoon.
Reports show that 38 grams of meth was seized during the investigation.
The trio are expected to make first appearances in Sampson District Court on their latest charges Dec. 20.
As he often does, Sheriff Jimmy Thornton stressed the significance of the drug complaint in helping to rid the county of another meth lab and put those believed responsible behind bars.
“This is another great example of how proactive citizens play a vital role in ridding the county of criminals,” Thornton said back in October.
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