UPDATE: Beaufort County Couple Charged In Meth Arrest

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says that a couple has been charged in a meth arrest that sent 5 children to the hospital.

Officials have charged 38-year-old Donnie Mayo & 33-year-old Gina Whaley with manufacturing meth, possessing/distributing meth precursors, maintaining a dwelling to manufacture a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine.

We're told the investigators will pursue indicting Mayo and Whaley with child endangerment with the district attorney's office.

Both are being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.
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The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says a meth lab discovered at 415 Carrow Road in Chocowinity sent five kids to the hospital.

Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit received information that 38-year-old Donnie Mayo was cooking Meth at his residence.

Investigators learned that there were five children at the residence.

Investigators say that Mayo was currently on probation and placed on warrantless searches as part of his probation.

Investigators say Mayo and his girlfriend Gina Whaley refused to cooperate with the warrantless search and later admitted that there had been Meth cooked inside the residence. Mayo told investigators that he used Gatorade bottles to cook the Meth. Mayo told investigators that there was one hidden in the kitchen oven and one hidden in his bedroom.

Emergency Management, Chocowinity Fire, Chocowinity EMS and Department of Social Services responded to the scene and assisted in decontaminating the five children and transported them to Vidant Hospital to be evaluated.

Mayo and Whaley are currently detained and waiting for the results of the search to be charged accordingly.