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5 more suspects charged in meth bust

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Authorities have charged five additional suspects in connection to a December meth lab bust in Wilson County.

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 2233 Banks Lane east of Wilson on Dec. 18 and found an active meth lab, according to sheriff’s Chief of Staff Wanda Samuel.

Tammie Lynne Stieferman, 51, and Stacy Lee Parker Sr., 50, both of Wilson, Ashley Danielle Clark, 31, of Mount Olive, and Taylor McEachern Neal, 29, of Rocky Mount, were charged with one count each of possession or distribution of a methamphetamine precursor chemical.

Heather Noel Thigpen, 25, of Kinston, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. Thigpen received a $25,000 secured bond; Stierferman received a $1,000 secured bond; Clark received a $1,500 secured bond; Parker received a $3,000 unsecured bond and Neal received a $5,000 unsecured bond.

PREVIOUS CHARGES

At the time of the raid, deputies charged 29-year-old Christopher Paul Clark after he was caught with meth and meth precursor chemicals, a handgun and a 12-gauge shotgun and a full set of firefighter turnout gear valued at $5,200.

Clark faces eight counts of possession of a precursor chemical, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine, misdemeanor child endangerment and possession of stolen goods. Clark was jailed under a $750,000 secured bond.

THE BUST

Detectives “located evidence that confirmed there was active methamphetamine manufacturing taking place inside the Banks Lane home,” on Dec. 18, Samuel previously said.

Nearly 300 milliliters of a liquid containing methamphetamine was seized along with fully cooked meth that had been made in a one-pot or “shake and bake” manufacturing process, according to the sheriff’s office.

The State Bureau of Investigation’s Clandestine Laboratory Response Team helped deputies mop up the caustic chemicals and secure evidence during the December raid.

During the bust, deputies also found a zero-turn diesel lawnmower valued at $15,000 that had been reported stolen from Kinston in 2016, according to officials. The lawnmower was returned to its owner, deputies previously said.

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