UPDATE: More Charges In Mobile Meth Lab Case

Two men are facing more charges after police say they stopped a mobile meth lab in Jacksonville.

Ladonn Simpson is now charged with two counts of maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for controlled substance, possession and/ or distribution of methamphetamine preceptors, felony conspriacy, and possession of methamphetamines.

Jermey Cox has additional charges of possession of methamphetamines and felony conspiracy.

The two were stopped in a pickup truck in the Hunters Creek subdivision Wednesday night. In the bed of the pickup police say they found numerous items to make meth and police said it was a rolling meth lab.

Court records show Cox was arrested last year in Duplin County for manufacturing meth, possession of meth, and several counts of possession/distribute meth precursor. He has a June court date on those charges.

Both men remain in the Onslow County jail.

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Two men have been charged with making meth after Jacksonville police stopped their pickup truck in a residential neighborhood Wednesday night.

Police say when they stopped the Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Ladonn Simpson of Midway Park, they smelled a strong odor of propane. Simpson and Jeremy Cox of Richlands told police there was anhydrous ammonia in the pickup and that the valve on the propane tank was open.

Because of the hazardous material, police closed off Hunters Creek Road and the two men were taken to a fire station for decontamination before being placed in jail.

Simpson is charged with manufacture of methamphetamines, and three counts of exceeding pseudoephedrine limits. His bond is set at $102,000. Cox is charged with manufacture of methamphetamine and has a $100,000 secured bond.

SBI hazard mitigation experts helped to safely secure the contents of the truck.

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Jacksonville police are investigating what appears to be a meth lab found in the back of a pickup truck.

It's happening on Hunters Creek Trail. Neighbors tell WITN News that police blocked off the development last night. Today the yellow Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck is blocked off with barricades.

In the bed of the truck is a outdoor grill, and on the street is a propane tank, several bottles, and several packages of cold medicine.

Police remain at the scene but are not giving any information to reporters.

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  • by cj on Jan 28, 2011 at 09:05 AM
    i cannot understand what would possess anyone to take meth. it is poison. meth-heads remind me of someone who's been exposed to high levels of radiation. hair falling out. teeth rotting out of their mouths, skin rotting off their bodies. disgusting really.
  • by Blinded Location: by the light on Jan 28, 2011 at 05:14 AM
    Those new lights are horrible. I feel like I am about to have a seizure every time I see them. They are concerned with officers getting hit by passing motorists and then blind you with these new lights.
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:45 PM
    Funny how you can't have a cold and a cookout at the same time any more!
  • by RdoubleD on Jan 27, 2011 at 04:44 PM
    I dont know how they were ever spotted driving around in that.
  • by really? on Jan 27, 2011 at 03:30 PM
    robocop, what do you suggest the JPD use for a patrol vehicle? and what problem do you see with LED lighting? ignorance must really be blissful for you my friend
  • by porkchop Location: g'ville on Jan 27, 2011 at 01:11 PM
    I think they were offering free delivery.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:38 AM
    Where do you suppose they dump the toxic residue when they are done with it? In the residential neighborhood they are parked in?
  • by Robocop want to bee Location: j'ville on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:08 AM
    If there is not a loan on that truck, they have found another JPD vehicle. Seems like they could reduce my taxes some with all the vehicles they get that way. Then, they like the fancy new Dodge Chargers and LED lightbars too much.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:02 AM
    I seen that truck in New Bern last Saturday. Has wide tires and stickers of intials in the back window.
  • by Pee-d Location: martin co on Jan 27, 2011 at 10:42 AM
    I would not ride around with an open beer.These nuts were riding around with a Meth Lab !Lets hope they cannot reproduce!
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