UPDATE: Deputies Find Second Lenoir County Meth Lab

Hazardous fumes spewing out of one home turned out to be the second meth lab busted in Lenoir County Monday as authorities put five people behind bars in connection with creating the drug.

Dressed from head-to-toe in yellow Haz-mat suits--investigators busted a second meth lab in Lenoir County in a matter of hours.

Sherman Potter and Michael Tyndall were arrested Monday afternoon at a trailer-home on Irene Lane just hours after officials say a narcotics team acted on a tip and discovered a meth lab cooking up the drug off of Highway 11 south, outside of Kinston. That's where the lawmen arrested Kevin Smith, Rex ford Smith, and Amber Hill.

All five people are being held at the Lenoir County jail under a $25,000 bond each. All five people are expected to be in court later this week.


Lenoir County deputies have found a second meth lab in the same day.

Just before noon narcotics detectives say the found a working meth lab at 1055 Irene Drive in Kinston. There they arrested Sherman Potter of Kinston and Michael Tyndall of Deep Run for manufacturing meth, maintaining a dwelling for meth and conspiracy to manufacture meth.

The SBI Haz-mat team will be used to collect evidence from the meth lab.


Three people have been charged with manufacturing meth after deputies say they found a working meth lab in Lenoir County.

Kevin Smith and Amber Hill, both of Kinston and Rex ford Smith of Deep Run are charged with possession and manufacturing meth along with maintaining a dwelling for meth.

Deputies say acting on a tip, narcotics detectives went to 2660 Highway 11 South around midnight. The officers say they smelled odors associated with a meth cooking operation and those inside eventually admitted they were making meth.

The SBI Haz-mat team is assisting deputies with the search of the home.

All three people had bonds set at $25,000 each.


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  • by george bush on Mar 3, 2010 at 03:07 PM
    lucky those rednecks didn't set off a massive explosion.
  • by JLR Location: Lagrange on Jan 12, 2010 at 08:42 PM
    I am not surprised about a few of the people arrested. I did not know them all but I do know a couple of them. I just can't understand how people can be so blind at to what is going on in their own back yard! Or so blind that they don't know what kind of things that their subjecting their children to. I know that everyone makes mistakes but some of these guys have been given to many chances and it is time for them to do real time. So maybe their children can have a chance to have a normal life. I pray for the family of these "Meth Makers"!!! My they learn to give tough love and then be there when the meth makers truly hit the bottom to pick them back up!
  • by WOW Location: Deep Run on Jan 12, 2010 at 03:11 PM
    LEW you are so right!!! We need to flush this junk out of our neighborhoods!! Does anyone know how much it cost us in tax $$ when they have to have a meth lab clean up....haha probably not well look it up do your home work on the subject then you might not turn a blind eye the next time yo see something just not right in your neighborhood.
  • by LEW Location: Mount Olive on Jan 12, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    Meth turns it's users almost immediately into Meth Zombies. All they care about is the meth. They don't care about taking a bath, feeding their kids, or anything else unless it effects their ability to keep the meth coming. It makes them crazy at first then after awhile their brains turn into Meth Mush and they are gone. Families of Meth Addicts need up to date 21st century laws to force these Meth users into long term treatment. The cost and the threat of forced long term treatment would be cheaper and more effective in the long run with you factor in the environmental costs, costs for care of the affected children, medicare, medicaid for end of life care for a meth user, and so on. I'm not saying prison as much I am saying treatment facilities with fences, guards, and medical staff.
  • by WOW on Jan 12, 2010 at 12:32 PM
    I live in a double wide myself and works with computers, but I don't have a meth lab do you? And trailor is spelled trailer nurse.
  • by Bill Location: 7 springs on Jan 12, 2010 at 12:29 PM
    WOW come on with the putting down trailers. I own 7 brick homes , am a professional making good money, have 3 degrees, have lots of money in the bank, have been featured in Money magazine- and choose to live in a 4000.00 trailer. Its all I need as i am working and travelling much of the time. Mike Hill , Jr. - we will pray for your sister and her kids that is the least - and the most we can all do
  • by CK Location: Kinston on Jan 12, 2010 at 11:13 AM
    It's a shame that I went to school with most of these people and even hung out with some of these guys. I guess instead of college and a J.O.B., they decided Meth Production was a better life :( What a Waste!!!!
  • by WOW Location: Deep Run on Jan 12, 2010 at 10:35 AM
    Ok first lets start by clearing up the "TRAILER" comment. The first HOUSE that was busted was just that a HOUSE. What does it matter if it was a trailer or a house. Either way it was a residence. Okay next I think the LCSO did a fine job in closing down these hazardous labs!! I do not understand why the bond is so low, if you look at the lab busts that have happened in other counties in 2009 (like DUPLIN CO) you will a larger bond anount. "kinston" your right the kids did not ask for their parents to make the stupid choice they did and they will be the ones that suffer the most!I think if more people would tell what they see and smell we will have less of these labs in our neighborhoods. Everyone should readd about meth and what it does to people,families,neighborhoods, and the environment. Then maybe you all that are casting so many stones would be willling to help get rid of this crap!Oh and by the way you can look at different neighborhoods and find a meth user or lab,its that bad!
  • by kinston Location: nc on Jan 12, 2010 at 07:27 AM
    Feel for the children of these people that had to go to school today and face their classmates. I do. SAD!
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Jan 12, 2010 at 06:19 AM
    What's this world coming to when you can't have a meth lab in a trailer park.
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