Two more people have been taken into custody in connection with a meth lab bust that occurred back in August.
Benjamin Cobb, 27, and Alicia Pearce, 24, both of 901 Middle Road, Dunn, were each charged with multiple counts related to the production of methamphetamine.
According to the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, agents received a tip on Tuesday, Aug. 18 of a possible meth lab at 184 Rock Hollow Lane Road in Dunn. Upon arrival , agents from the Special Investigation Unit responded and located a small fire burning in the yard. During the investigation, law enforcement officials discovered meth manufacturing materials in the fire.
“The public’s help has been very instrumental in assisting our agents,” said Lt. Marcus Smith of the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office.
As a result of the bust, Cobb was arrested at his residence and was charged with one count of felony manufacturing methamphetamine; three counts of felony possession of precursor chemical; one count of felony littering hazardous waste; one count of felony storage of hazardous waste without a permit; one count of possession of methamphetamine; and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served with an outstanding warrant from Harnett County. His bond was set at $110,000 and his court date is scheduled for Sept. 11.
Pearce was arrested and charged with one count of felony manufacturing methamphetamine; two counts of felony possession of precursor chemical; one count of felony littering hazardous waste; one count of felony storage of hazardous waste without a permit; one misdemeanor count of simple possession of banned controlled substance; and one count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $81, 500 and the trial is set for Sept. 11.
Prior to the their arrests, officers took two others into custody in connection with the same bust. Jennifer Gregory, 24, and Jeffery Horne, 30, both of 193 Rock Hollow Lane Road, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, two counts of possession of precursor chemicals, littering hazardous waste and storage of hazardous waste without a permit. According to previous reports, they were using a vacant home to make the illegal substance.
The bust followed two other investigations in August. One resulted in the seizure of 3 pounds of packaged meth, with a street value of more than $200,000. After the bust, three Sampson County residents and a male juvenile were charged with meth trafficking.
In 2015, 10 meth labs have been destroyed as a result of work from local law enforcement. In 2013, 27 labs were discovered in Sampson County.
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