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UPDATE: More Charges In Mobile Meth Lab Case

Two men are facing more charges after police say they stopped a mobile meth lab in Jacksonville.

Ladonn Simpson is now charged with two counts of maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for controlled substance, possession and/ or distribution of methamphetamine preceptors, felony conspriacy, and possession of methamphetamines.

Jermey Cox has additional charges of possession of methamphetamines and felony conspiracy.

The two were stopped in a pickup truck in the Hunters Creek subdivision Wednesday night. In the bed of the pickup police say they found numerous items to make meth and police said it was a rolling meth lab.

Court records show Cox was arrested last year in Duplin County for manufacturing meth, possession of meth, and several counts of possession/distribute meth precursor. He has a June court date on those charges.

Both men remain in the Onslow County jail.


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Two men have been charged with making meth after Jacksonville police stopped their pickup truck in a residential neighborhood Wednesday night.

Police say when they stopped the Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Ladonn Simpson of Midway Park, they smelled a strong odor of propane. Simpson and Jeremy Cox of Richlands told police there was anhydrous ammonia in the pickup and that the valve on the propane tank was open.

Because of the hazardous material, police closed off Hunters Creek Road and the two men were taken to a fire station for decontamination before being placed in jail.

Simpson is charged with manufacture of methamphetamines, and three counts of exceeding pseudoephedrine limits. His bond is set at $102,000. Cox is charged with manufacture of methamphetamine and has a $100,000 secured bond.

SBI hazard mitigation experts helped to safely secure the contents of the truck.


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Jacksonville police are investigating what appears to be a meth lab found in the back of a pickup truck.

It's happening on Hunters Creek Trail. Neighbors tell WITN News that police blocked off the development last night. Today the yellow Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck is blocked off with barricades.

In the bed of the truck is a outdoor grill, and on the street is a propane tank, several bottles, and several packages of cold medicine.

Police remain at the scene but are not giving any information to reporters.


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