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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  • by no one knows Location: kinston on Jun 4, 2010 at 09:18 AM
    no matter how long or how far you run, you will get caught. people who dont do it are getting tired of the ones who do. and whoever tip the police off to there where abouts are the ones who dont do things like this. they dont care about themselves or anyone else. people notice things that arent right. increase in traffic in and out of these homes all hours of the day and night. the strange smell that goes along with it. but they dont care who they hurt, all they want is that next high. i hope in prison they will have time to think about what they did. and hope it will be for a long time.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM
    You can run but you can not hide. BUSTED!!!!!!!!!
  • by happy citizens Location: kinston on Jun 3, 2010 at 09:07 AM
    to update everyone roger strickland sr. had first apperance along with his son. roger strickland has been sent to d.o.c. and son is waiting for his court date.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Jun 2, 2010 at 09:13 AM
    TO EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT AGE. go to faces of meth on google. it will show you what the poison will do to you in no time. caution, it is sickening.
  • by MINDY on Jun 2, 2010 at 08:39 AM
    AGE WILL AGE YOU FAST. ..can't stop it. The little chick that was talking about how she was not aging and looked so much younger than her age is fooling herself.
  • by Please!! Location: NC on Jun 2, 2010 at 08:32 AM
    What is up with the judge that let this dude walk? He needs to be fired! This kind of thing should be against the law and the judges that violate that law should be fired and have to serve a little bit of time themselves. BTW..... This dude is on meth.... Drugs age you!! Also... Swim Lady... You go girl!!
  • by Anon on Jun 2, 2010 at 07:57 AM
    om, hello? Meth will age you fast.
  • by To EndSwim and Mindy Location: Newport on Jun 2, 2010 at 06:17 AM
    Not sure what the big deal is--there is nothing attractive about women under 50. Older women are hot. I am 34 and throughout my "younger" years, I never dated a woman under 40...Young girls are so annoyingly "clueless"--if you know what I mean...Oh yeah, what were we talking about again?....Oh yes--the guy that got away...
  • by double D on Jun 2, 2010 at 06:11 AM
    It took a tip for them to check his Dad's house??? Wake up LPD. Bail for a fugitive, why not sell him a gun on his way or a discount plane ticket on his way out the door too?
  • by OpenCarry on Jun 2, 2010 at 06:05 AM
    Pitt County Police should search the house for new-looking Honduran Saddles... LOL...

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