Thursday, July 03, 2014 11:20 PM
Meth lab raid yields arrest, charges
Officers with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation discovered a methamphetamine lab on Allen Road in Lucama on Wednesday.
Charged in connection with the lab is Justin Craig Hales of 7725 Allen Road. Hales, 24, is charged with three counts of possession of precursor chemicals, maintaining a dwelling for the manufacturing of methamphetamine and two counts of sell and delivery of methamphetamine, according to information from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.
He’s being held in the Wilson County Detention Center without bond. Hales is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Monday, according to Wanda Samuel, chief of staff for the sheriff’s office.
The lab was located in his bedroom and in the barn behind the house.
The SBI quarantined the house.
"Mr. Hales resides at the residence with his grandparents who have been removed from the house until it can be deemed safe by the Health Department,” Samuel said.
Detectives seized several HCL generators and numerous precursor materials at the residence, according to Samuel.
"The making of methamphetamine is very dangerous not only to the person but to those within the community,” said Sheriff Calvin Woodard in a statement. "This mixture is highly volatile and just think of what it does to the human body.”
Woodard said the department has worked hard to dismantle meth operations in the county, "sending suspects into hiding and making the ‘shake and bake’ form of the narcotic.” "The mixture is placed in 2 liter bottles and they could possibly explode in the home or a vehicle during transport,” Woodard said. "I appreciate the assistance of the SBI in the search warrant as well as the dismantling of this illegal operation.”
Hales was placed on probation in Wayne County in March 2011 for misdemeanor operating a vehicle without a license. He also served time on probation in 2008 for a misdemeanor breaking and entering conviction in Wayne County, according to information from the N.C. Department of Correction.
From staff reports