Arrests Follow Duplin County Meth Lab Bust

Deputies in Duplin County said an overnight meth lab bust has put two men in behind bars.

Investigators told WITN they found the lab at 318 North Monk Street in Magnolia on Thursday evening.

Deputies said they had a tip about the lab and after further investigation, found it on Monk Street.

The State Bureau of Investigation was called in to help dismantle the operation.

Deputies have charged Armand Usher of Magnolia with possession/distribute meth precursor, manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. User is jail on a $142,000 bond.

Charged with possession/distribute meth precursor and manufacturing methamphetamine is Gordon Bell of Magnolia. He's under a $140,000 bond.

According to the North Carolina Department of Justice, Duplin County busted 13 labs in 2013. The number substantial considering the county's population of nearly 60,000 people.

Neighboring Onslow County had 46 meth lab busts in 2013, the second highest number in the state for that year.

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