UPDATE: Deputy Out Of Hospital After Meth Lab Bust

A deputy sheriff, who became ill during a meth lab bust last week, is out of the hospital.

Captain Joe Heckman says the Craven County deputy was released from the hospital and is now home doing "fine".

The deputy was one of 11 people who became sick after the raid at a home on Highway 70 between New Bern & Havelock. The deputy was in the hospital's intensive care unit on Friday.


Original Story

Craven County, NC -- One deputy remains in a hospital intensive care unit after becoming ill during a meth bust Friday morning.

Eleven people, including eight sheriff's deputies and police officers, were taken to the hospital after the bust in Craven County.

The other three people taken to the hospital are suspects in the case.

Captain Joe Heckman from the Craven County Sheriff's Office says deputies and police officers went to a home at 5620 Highway 70 East in New Bern, near Havelock.

The deputies, along with Havelock police, entered a detached garage and say three suspects inside the garage began destroying evidence. Lawmen say that caused a chemical reaction, sickening eight of the officers and deputies and three of the suspects.

Lawmen say the Jerry Ryan owns the home where the bust took place. According to Captain Heckman, Ryan has had prior drug charges. Heckman said the lab bust Friday was the result of a lab bust Thursday in the nearby town of Harlowe, on Temple's Point Road. In the Harlowe bust, Ryan Burtscher was arrested.

In addition to Ryan, Billy Oakley and Bernice Andrus have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamines.

A State Bureau of Investigation cleanup team is coming to dismantle the lab in New Bern.


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