An SBI team is now helping to dismantle a meth lab discovered this morning in Jones County and the man under arrest is no stranger to lawmen in an adjoining county.
The Jones County Sheriff's Office says they responded to the scene, along with lawmen from Lenoir and Duplin Counties and the SBI.
Authorities say the meth lab was discovered after the arrest of John Miller. During his arrest, lawmen said the location of the meth lab was revealed.
Court records show Miller, who has a Pink Hill address, was arrested last year in Onslow County on four misdemeanor counts of violating the pseudoephedrine law. He has a January 12th court date on those charges.
Officials had been investigating Miller after his name was flagged for purchasing pseudoephedrine at multiple stores. A state law requires people to register their name when they purchase non-prescription medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, which is a key ingredient in the illegal drug methamphetamine.
Lawmen went to 2960 Mary Tate Rd. in Jones County early Wednesday and found evidence of a meth lab in a warehouse-type structure. Authorities secured the scene, and are awaiting the arrival Meth Lab Team from the SBI to take over cleaning up the meth lab. Meth labs can be volatile and may explode. Crime tape is currently blocking the scene.
Investigators say the warehouse is owned by Miller's father. Miller himself lives down the road from the crime scene, which is where he was arrested just after midnight Wednesday.
Miller is being detained in the jail in Jones County under no bond. He's been charged with the following: maintain place for controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, possess and distribute meth precursor, manufacture schedule II controlled substance, possess methamphetamine, and exceed pseudo limits.