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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  • by Bernice Location: NEW BERN on May 22, 2009 at 09:51 PM
    PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULD NEVER THROW STONES,DON'T JUDGE UNTILL YOU CAN SAY YOU HAVE WALKED IN THERE SHOES,GODBLESS
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Apr 28, 2009 at 10:01 AM
    This is what Meth can do to you.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2009 at 08:03 PM
    These 3 were just released from the VA hospital.
  • by Lee Location: Newport on Apr 25, 2009 at 08:33 PM
    Hey guys. HAZMAT teams have no tactical training. They are unable to do anything with the entry, securing, and detaining suspects. Teams from the base cannot assist in the tactical aspect. The U.S. Military cannot be used in tactical or law enforcement situations involving U.S. citizens in the USA. (the noted exception being the National Guard: as they are under the individual states control). I agree law enforcement needs better training in tactical hazmat environments...maybe the military could come in handy there, but face it what city, county, or state is going to spend money on chem weapons gear when they can spend it to give the blue ticket(medicad)to everyone instead.
  • by Mary Location: New Bern on Apr 25, 2009 at 04:15 AM
    Obviously the HAZMAT team from the base was willing to help, so hopefully in the future they will be requested to be standing by at/near the scene. They definitely would have prooved useful during point of entry. Perhaps even helped equip some of officers who needed to enter first to secure the scene. 'Sounds of breaking glass suspected Meth Lab = Danger.' If budget restrictions prevent proper training and equipping, at least utilize tools available.
  • by Dave Location: Electric Avenue on Apr 24, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    Drugs are bad Mmmmmkay!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Apr 24, 2009 at 03:46 PM
    Rob, you didn't know you had so many friends willing to help, did you?
  • by Meth Club For Men on Apr 24, 2009 at 03:36 PM
    I'm not only the Meth Club president, I'm also a client.
  • by Fred on Apr 24, 2009 at 03:30 PM
    Wow! "The Faces of Meth"
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Apr 24, 2009 at 02:56 PM
    Looking at the pictures of the three druggies, they resemble dumb, dumber, and dumbest. :)
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