The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says a man and woman were arrested Tuesday during a meth lab bust which began with a child endangerment report.
Narcotics detectives say they located a methamphetamine lab in Northern Lenoir County at 4906 Tick Bite Road in Grifton Tuesday where two children, a nine month old child and nine year old child, lived with 26-year-old Ashley Gower and 28-year-old Anthony Everett.
Gower and Everett are both charged with felony neglect of children, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances. Everett is also charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. They were being held on $100,000 bonds each.
DSS and LCSO detectives said the children were not home Tuesday and were safe with a family member.
Detectivessay they immediately evacuated the residence Tuesday morning after finding meth making materials and contacted the SBI Clandestine Laboratory Response Team to assist with decontamination and clean up of the hazardous materials.
Hugo Fire & Rescue, Lenoir County EMS and the Lenoir County Fire Marshals Office also assisted.
The Sheriff's Office says a narcotics detective assisted the Department of Social Services to check on a child endangerment complaint at
4906 Tick Bite Road in Grifton about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Deputies say no children were found in the home, but a search revealed remnants of a meth lab.
The sheriff's office has not released any information about arrests or charges.
Cleanup was expected to be complete by about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday
The Lenoir County Fire Marshals office and EMS also responded.