PLAIN VIEW — A man is facing a laundry list of felonies following a drug investigation launched in the northern end of Sampson County.
Agents with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office responded Wednesday to 41 Butterfly Lane, Dunn, following a tip of a possible meth lab at the address. According to sheriff’s officials, a search was conducted and Victor Wesley Evans, 40, was subsequently arrested and charged.
Evans, who is listed as being of the Butterfly Lane address, also reportedly has a Benson address.
He stands charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, 6 counts of possession/distribution of meth precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additionally, Evans was charged with altering/stealing/destroying criminal evidence, resisting public officer and cruelty to animals.
According to Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith, the cruelty to animal charge stems “from having animals inside the residence while cooking meth,” while the destruction of evidence and resisting offenses “come from the defendant attempting to destroy evidence while the agents were entering the residence to investigate the complaint,” Smith noted.
A small amount of meth was seized, reports state.
Evans was placed under $150,000 secured bond for the charges against him.
According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Evans was convicted in April 2016 in Johnston County of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, a felony, stemming from an incident the month before. He was given probation, but had that probation revoked and served three months in prison, from the beginning of August 2016 to the end of October 2016, court records indicate. His probation status is currently listed as inactive.
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