CLAYTON — Two adults have been arrested and a 4-year-old child turned over to the Johnston County Department of Social Services after deputies found an “active” and dangerous methamphetamine lab Tuesday at a home in Clayton.
Acting on a tip that methamphetamine was being produced at the 150 Loop Road residence, sheriff’s deputies had been investigating for evidence to confirm the accusation. When they visited the home on Tuesday, they found evidence of the one-pot method of manufacturing methamphetamine.
“It’s really dangerous,” sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Craig Fish said.
The one-pot method has grown in popularity across the state in response to efforts to limit access to over-the-counter drugs, including pseudophedrine, used to make methamphetamine because it requires less of the ingredients. The method also is much more compact and portable than the large-scale operations that involve beakers and jugs of chemicals.
The names of the two adults – man and woman – have not been released, but Fish said they will be charged with felony manufacturing of methamphetamine, felony possession of precursors, or chemicals to make methamphetamine, and felony conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. They also will be charged with felony maintaining a dwelling place for a controlled substance and misdemeanor child abuse.
A 6-year-old also lived in the residence, but was not at the home when the adults were arrested Tuesday, Fish said.