NEW INFO: Fugitive Wanted In Lenoir County Arrested, Meth Lab Found

A man who deputies say skipped out on court and removed an electronic monitoring device is now back in custody, along with his girlfriend and his father.

Lenoir County deputies had been searching for Michael Strickland since May 26th.

They say he removed his electronic monitoring device and escaped from house arrest. On Tuesday authorities received a tip that he was at home on NC 102 East, In Ayden.

Lenoir And Pitt County deputies converged on the house and found Strickland hiding in the attic of his father's home.

Strickland's father, Roger Strickland Jr., and Michael Strickland's girlfriend Crystal Outlaw Bell, were placed in the Lenoir Co. jail

Bell is under a $1,000 bond. Roger Strickland Jr., was placed under a $7,500 bond.

Michael Strickland’s bond was secured at $251,000.

Pitt County deputies say they found a meth lab at the home. They say the SBI was called in and determined the two were cooking meth.

Nila Wilkerson, and the two Stricklands have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for keeping controlled substances and possession of precursor chemicals.

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Authorities say a man has removed his electronic monitoring equipment and has skipped town.

Lenoir County deputies say Michael Strickland was due in court May 26, but he failed to show up for a felony probation violation. He was out on bond after being charged with various drug charges.

Strickland is 23-years-old and lives in the Eric Sparrow Road area of Deep Run. He is 5’4”, 195 pounds, brown hair, hazel eyes, light complexion, and a tattoo on his left arm. Strickland drives a green 1997 Land Rover, NC tag number ZPW-2135.

Deputies are offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of Strickland. People can provide information through E-Tips on the Lenoir County website, or call 252-560-0507.

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