3 in custody following meth lab investigation in Hertford County


AHOSKIE, N.C. (WAVY) – Officials are cracking down on a meth lab in Hertford County.

The bust happened Wednesday afternoon at a home in the 800 block of Highway 461 in Ahoskie.

Sheriff Dexter Hayes said his office received a tip from a concerned citizen about possible drug activity at the home. 10 On Your Side spoke with a neighbor who said he’s shocked this happened. 

Richard Simpson lives off Highway 461 and never imagined this could go on just across the street. 

“You wouldn’t think in this area there would be a meth lab. It’s not surprising but it is surprising because this is a quiet neighborhood,” Simpson said.

The Hertford County Drug Task Force got a tip about the house.  Around 3:30 in the afternoon, deputies knocked on the door, and someone answered. 

“They observed a subject packaging up a white powdery substance. He took off running inside the residence. They secured all five people inside the house,” Sheriff Hayes said.

The sheriff says two people were let go, but two men and one woman are in custody.  

“She pled guilty to precursors for a meth lab previously, so she has history with meth lab making material,” Sheriff Hayes said.

Inside, investigators said they found meth making materials and what appears to be heroin or possibly methamphetamine. 

10 On Your Side was told the home has long been a rental property. Simpson was surprised to see people living there, because the home was in such bad condition. 

“It was bad, the grass was way up in the air, They just cut that down this week. As a matter of fact, I seen people going back and forth inside of here. There was trash out in the yard. It was really bad,” Simpson said.

Members of the State Bureau of Investigation are responsible for securing evidence and decontaminating the house.

The substances will be tested to confirm exactly what they are. Sheriff Hayes said this investigation is a reminder — if you see something, say something

“If something’s going on, if they would contact us or partner with us to stop this criminal activity, it would work so much better and we can clean up our streets a lot faster,” Sheriff Hayes said.

We’ll continue to follow this story for you and bring the latest updates as they become available. 

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