DEPUTIES: Neighborhood Watch Group Helps Bust Active Meth Lab

Deputies said a neighborhood watch group is taking drug crime seriously, and their observance is part of the reason why an active meth lab was busted over the weekend.

Deputies in Lenoir County said they got complaints of suspicious activity at 2324 Juniper Lane in Deep Run, and made a visit there around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Investigators said 23-year-old Eric Harper was at the home and consented to a search.

Detectives said they found multiple items including illegal narcotics, meth, and drug scales which lead them to believe the home had an active meth lab.

Investigators said they called in help from the State Bureau of Investigation and the Deep Run Fire Department to re-enter the home and gather up lye, salt, batteries, and other ingredients for making the drug.

Sheriff Chris Hill said observant and committed members of the area's neighborhood watch were the ones who tipped deputies off to this meth lab.

Eric Harper was arrested and charged with four felonies including maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine precursors.

Harper is in the Lenoir County Detention Center under a $130,000 secured bond.