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Sheriff: 4 making meth in Duplin County home where children live

By WCTI Staff
Published On: May 02 2014 12:01:43 PM CDT
Updated On: May 02 2014 05:32:32 PM CDT

Investigators said they have arrested four people accused of making meth in a home in which two young children live.

DUPLIN COUNTY -

Investigators said they have arrested four people accused of making meth in a home in which two young children live.

Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace said deputies arrested 24-year-old Joshua Gross, 28-year-old Katie Garrett, 30-year-old Jillian Houston and 31-year-old Nicholas Powell Friday morning.

The four suspects were making meth in their home on the 200 block of Kitty Noecker Road, southwest of Pink Hill, Sheriff Wallace said. Two young children, ages 7 and 9, live at the residence.

Neighbor Harold Hamilton said the neighborhood has had enough.

"It's been going on for a while. We’ve been here almost a year and traffic has been in and out in and out. We don't want this stuff here. We are afraid that the house would blow up,” he said.

According to Sheriff Wallace, the four suspects have been charged with manufacturing meth, maintaining a dwelling for manufacturing meth, and possession of meth and meth precursors. In addition, they have been charged with child endangerment.

"We received information about a month ago of possible criminal activity at this location, and several items we believe to be stolen property that we are going to seize as well,” Sheriff Wallace said.

The 7 and 9-year-old children were at school during the meth bust, Sheriff Wallace said. The Department of Social Services will take them into custody.

At last check, deputies and SBI officials were still at the scene.