Felony trafficking charges brought in meth lab probe

By Chris Berendt - [email protected]
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Three people linked to a meth lab earlier this year have now received felony drug manufacturing and trafficking charges after lab tests confirmed the illegal substance.

Agents with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division went to 1500 Spring Branch Road, Dunn, on March 15 to assist probation and parole officers with a court-ordered warrantless search on a resident of the address, Jody Dustin Kennedy, 33. They discovered methamphetamine, precursors “and other items consistent with manufacturing meth,” authorities said.

Robert Kelly Alphin, 35, who address was listed as 1460 Spring Branch Road, Dunn, along with Kristin Louise Gainey, 28, and Kennedy, both listed as being of the same 1500 N. Spring Branch Road address in the Plain View community, were taken into custody at that time.

The items were sent to the State Bureau of Investigation lab for testing and those results were recently returned, “showing items tested positive for meth,” Lt. Marcus Smith confirmed Tuesday. The new charges against Alphin, Gainey and Kennedy were served Monday.

Each received a count of manufacturing methamphetamine and two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine. All three were placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $140,000 secured bond.

Reports show that 248 grams of the drug (over half a pound) was seized during the investigation.

According to court records available through the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Kennedy has previous convictions of possession of stolen goods, larceny and felony breaking and entering in Harnett and Johnston counties. His latest conviction for financial card fraud came in November 2016 in Cumberland County, for which he was given a suspended sentence and two years of probation.

That probationary status was still active in March, leading to the warrantless search by probation and parole officials.

Following the initial search, Alphin, Gainey and Kennedy were each charged with two counts of possession and distribution of a meth precursor, maintaining a place/dwelling for storage of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Alphin received an addition count of misdemeanor child abuse.

All three were placed in the Detention Center under $70,000 secured bond apiece at that time before receiving the new charges Monday.




By Chris Berendt

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