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Deputies bust largest-ever meth lab
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Deputies bust largest-ever meth lab
Man, woman jailed without bond on crystal meth manufacturing charges




Sheriff’s deputies spent 15 hours this week mopping up the largest-known meth lab in Wilson County history.

Deputies raided a home at 1927 Firestone Parkway outside Wilson after spotting items used to make crystal methamphetamine in the front yard Monday afternoon, sheriff’s Chief of Staff Wanda Samuel said. Detectives arrested a man and woman suspected of manufacturing meth at the home.

"Those arrested appeared to have exhibited total disregard for their community and especially the children in the area,” Sheriff Calvin Woodard said in a statement. "There were used containers with traces of the mixture discarded within several feet of a playground located near a large housing complex. Those dangerous chemicals could have been detrimental to the livelihood of the residents.”

Cecil Donald Flowers II, 23, and Amanda Nichole DiCorte, 21, are accused of manufacturing large quantities of crystal meth. They were jailed without bond under a state statute allowing judges to deny bail for meth defendants.

Deputies arrived at the Firestone Parkway home around 2:30 p.m. Monday and obtained a search warrant after seeing meth lab components in plain view in the front yard, Samuel said.

While searching the home, deputies found used and unused syringes, camping fuel, lithium batteries, hydrogen chloride gas generators, filters, ammonia and plastic tubing, according to the sheriff’s office. Narcotics detectives said they also found cooked crystal meth and "meth sludge” contaminants.

Firefighters from the East Nash Volunteer Fire Department and State Bureau of Investigation agents assisted with the meth lab cleanup, which spanned Monday night and Tuesday morning.

"The entire investigation was a success, and the decontamination process went well into the early morning hours,” Woodard said.

Flowers and DiCorte each face felony charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursor chemicals, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine. They also face a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Flowers has pending criminal charges of misdemeanor animal cruelty, improper tethering and two animal vaccination violations in Wilson County, according to court records.

He also faces charges of carrying a concealed gun, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, operating a vehicle with no insurance and two counts of driving with a canceled, revoked or suspended license plate in Wake County and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia in Johnston County.

DiCorte has pending criminal charges of driving while impaired, simple possession of Schedule II and Schedule IV controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia in Wilson County.

Neither defendant has served prison time or probation in North Carolina, according to the N.C. Division of Adult Correction.

The meth lab raid is Wilson County’s first of 2013. The county saw four meth lab busts in 2012, none in 2011, four in 2010 and two in 2009, according to SBI records.

Statewide, officials raided 460 labs last year — a nearly 34-percent increase from the 344 meth labs shuttered in 2011. The increasing popularity of "one-pot” mobile meth labs over large-scale manufacturing centers accounts for the increase, Attorney General Roy Cooper said.

Woodard said in January that deputies’ aggressive pursuit of methamphetamine cooks should push producers out of Wilson County.

"As I indicated before, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will continue our efforts in fighting illegal narcotics in Wilson County,” he said. "Wilson County holds an abundance of resources for growing families, strong educational facilities, economic growth and tourism. The sheriff’s office will not allow our county to be a safe haven for illegal drug activity.”

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@medical reasons said...

You are the one lost, educating yourself is FREE, but I'm sorry some just don't take the time to know the difference between poison ivy and tomatoes.........these 2 drugs are totally different, while scientific evidence backs up a natural plant that has beneficial help for the human body and does not have to be made in a LAB with chemicals, I have never seen a Meth Plant growing natural, what an uneducated resposne!

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 at 3:27 PM
at KAro said...

Dripping again yeas someone is maybe the people in key west or you. Who knew... was it you?

Monday, March 04, 2013 at 8:58 AM
? said...

Does the sheriff's office not keep any records of the meth labs they busted in the past? How much meth did they find?

Monday, March 04, 2013 at 5:17 AM
To Cayo Hueso said...

Sounds like someone is holding drug unit back.

Monday, March 04, 2013 at 9:40 PM
medical reasons said...

Come on folks..you know they were making this stuff for medical reasons right??? Just like all the other losers who smoke pot. Funny how 'meth labs' are condemned while illegal pot smoking by an old pot head is praised. What a joke.

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 8:35 PM
Cayo Hueso said...

I did my best... btw the date and time stamp on your post is a little off. All in all Wilson County is a little bit safer now.

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 2:08 PM @Cayo said...

You seem to claim to know way too much..why did you play the "wait and see" game if you know so much was happening there? "Most of the time" someone who claims to know as much as you do would have call someone and reported it before a child would have been placed in jeopardy. Wait, I know you did and once again the good-for-nothing cops did exactly that, they did nothing, right?

Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 10:03 PM Cayo Hueso said...

The authorities knew about this on the 20th of February when they were notified of excess purchases of psudafedrine so they began investigating. On Saturday, February 23, these two were pulled over on Ward Blvd and arrested for having two active "meth generators" in the back of their truck. They chose to play the "wait and see" game with Cecils' residence and further jeopardized children in the apartment complex...just to see if anyone else was involved. Poor judgement in my opinion due to the facts that statistics show most meth labs are found AFTER they explode...not before.

Friday, March 01, 2013 at 5:18 PM Cayo Hueso said...

Were you refering to Karo brand syrup? Facts are that the authorities knew on the 20th that Cecil had purchased far more than the 3.6 grams of psuodafedrine allowed per month. FAR MORE! He was arrested on Saturday morning with two active "generators" on Ward Blvd. but the authorities decided to sit back and watch his residence for 2 days to see who visited. Most of the time, authorities only find a meth lab after it has blown up so those kids in the apartment complex could have been harmed for those additional "wait and see" days. BTW..flowers bloom year round...some in Key West, some in Alabama, some in Boone and some up north. Would you me to send you some?

Friday, March 01, 2013 at 4:47 PM To Karo said...

Just a bunch of blah blah syrup. You would not be happy regardless. You are the one complaining and reside there too. Instead of your face put your real name.... Or is the flowers not blooming at the tire plant.

Friday, March 01, 2013 at 10:22 AM Kenny Joe said...

DANG!!!!

Friday, March 01, 2013 at 11:24 PM Jj said...

Wilson co Sheiff office greats job!!! NOW LET'S see how good the state of NC does, and let them out and do it again. Just a slap on the hand with time serve... Longer and harder punishments

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8:58 PM Cayo Hueso said...

This isn't a grand discovery.... the authorities have been called and informed about these two for months. Just wish I could attatch my "shocked face".

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7:21 PM OMG said...

Neither defendant has served time in prison in NC.Looks like that's about to change for these two winners!!

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 10:12 AM Great work! said...

Our LEOs are doing a great job! Thanks to them, and all the agencies who responded to get this cleaned up and safely removed.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8:43 AM
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