FIRST ON WITN: Onslow County Meth Lab Bust

Two Holly Ridge residents are jailed after deputies say they found a meth lab in their home, and one of them no stranger to meth charges.

Onslow County deputies have charged Kelly Hoffer and Scott Vance with multiple charges including manufacture methamphetamine, manufacture methamphetamine by package and repackage,
maintain a dwelling for controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, manufacture marijuana by cultivation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies say Monday, North Carolina Probation and Parole asked for help in searching the couple's home on Clearview Drive. There they found the small meth lab known as a one pot meth lab. The SBI was called in, while a certified meth lab cleanup company removed the hazardous materials.

Hoffer has been charged in the past for purchasing more than the amount of Pseudoephedrine allowed in North Carolina. Bond for both was set at $206,000.

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Onslow County authorities tell WITN News they have busted a meth lab.

It happened in Holly Ridge.

We expect more information shortly from Onslow County lawmen and will bring it to you here on

Meth is a dangerous, illegal drug that can be taken in a variety of ways, including smoking, snorting or injecting.

As recent reports have shown, the labs can be extremely dangerous, involving explosives, chemicals and acids.

Officials say there are several signs that a home or building might be a meth lab location.

The signs include:

-Strong odors, often chemical in nature, like paint thinner, or a smell like ammonia

-Large amounts of garbage, including containers for antifreeze and drain cleaners

-Large amounts of packages/containers for Pseudoephedrine, a cold medication. It is the key ingredient in meth making.

-Sporadic visitor activity and efforts to cover up windows from the inside

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  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Feb 2, 2012 at 04:35 PM
    a tilty head and a c r o m a g n o n
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 02:54 AM
    I live on Clearview, and have for about 3 years now. I have never met, nor to I recognize the people who were arrested. Yes, there was activity on the road at night, but what someone does behind their closed door is not my business. There were no strange odors that I can recall, and no visible signs of someone cooking meth.I am just thankful to the OCSO for finding this lab, destroying any cause for harm in the neighborhood in a safe, but timely manner. This neighborhood is quiet and to my knowledge a safe area, but you never truely know someone!
  • by HA on Feb 1, 2012 at 06:11 PM
    Grammar 101 needs to learn how to spell before correcting someone else.
  • by hypocritical human on Feb 1, 2012 at 02:03 PM
    Do you choose to consume caffiene? If so, you are also a drug junkie.
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      by Seriously on Feb 1, 2012 at 04:45 PM in reply to hypocritical human
      Drinking caffiene isn't going to blow me up or send me to prison. Maybe you should get some help, since your probably a meth addict, with that DUMB comment.
      • reply
        by grammar 101 on Feb 1, 2012 at 05:48 PM in reply to Seriously
        It's you are or you're dummie.
        • reply
          by LOL on Feb 1, 2012 at 06:09 PM in reply to grammar 101
          It's dummy not dummie :) idiot
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2012 at 05:51 PM in reply to Seriously
        you could use some help with sentence structure also.
        • reply
          by LOL on Feb 1, 2012 at 06:09 PM in reply to
          You could use some help capitalizing your first letter. Dummie oops dummy.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Feb 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM
    What happens now to the pitt bulls? these druggies always have pitt bulls.OK pit bull defenders man you battle stations.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM
    People with a meth problem need help. Not a bunch of low life criticism.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM in reply to
      They need help all right.. help going to prison. They had a baby in the house while making the meth. You must know them, or have a meth making business yourself. Like I said LOW LIFE SCUM.
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      by Joe on Feb 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM in reply to
      You do realize these people are selling this stuff on your local corner and neighborhood, correct? RUINING many other lives!! THEY are the low life's, not the ones who steer clear of worthless individuals such as these. They can get their help in jail.
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      by Casey on Feb 1, 2012 at 01:27 PM in reply to
      No, they made the choice to use the drug as well as manufacture the drug. I highly doubt that they accidently became meth addicts. All they need is a bus ride to prison.
  • by ugh on Feb 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM
    Get these two low lifes off of the streets. Lock them up and throw away the key. Freaking losers.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2012 at 09:03 AM
    This house is on my street. Unfortunately, I never saw any signs of a meth lab. I just know the residents came and went A LOT, and at all hours of the night. In my opinion, they deserve a big penalty considering they had their baby living in the house, and neighbors with children living close by. I thank God no explosions ever happened.
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      by L.E.O. on Feb 1, 2012 at 12:09 PM in reply to Anonymous
      if you knew about all this traffic coming and going at all hours why didn't you say anything to the law if there had been an explosion it would have been on your head. people take back your community!!!
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        by anonymous on Feb 1, 2012 at 02:29 PM in reply to L.E.O.
        I said they would come and go a lot. What was I supposed to do about that? If many various vehicles were seen coming and going, that would have been suspicious to me. I don't see how an explosion would be my fault. That's a stupid thing to say. However, I do agree that everyone needs to be vigilant in their neighborhoods.
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          by ralpie on Feb 1, 2012 at 02:49 PM in reply to anonymous
          you call crimestoppers and say you are not sure why, but that you have neighbors who are like a busy airport with arrivals and departures all over the clock. They will take it from there. That is enough for them to monitor the phone- then it is easy to tell if there is merely a long list of friends with night shifts, or dealing.
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          by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2012 at 04:03 PM in reply to anonymous
          Dont pay attention to the moron pretending to be L.E.O., quite sure he or she isnt one with that moronic comment. If so, I would have to say it would be on their head more than yours, after its their job to catch these people.
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      by No Activity on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:24 AM in reply to Anonymous
      What about people that never leave the house? The handicapped/elderly? They could be hurt or dead, but you'd never know. Is it the neighbors fault? Their responsibility to report it?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2012 at 07:51 AM
    How do you bust a meth lab? How much time do you think it will serve...GEEEEEZZ

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