Man held on $25,000 in suspected meth lab bust

Photo courtesy Richmond County Sheriff's Office Kevin Anthony Freeman

Photo courtesy Richmond County Sheriff’s Office
Kevin Anthony Freeman

Update 8:40 p.m. – Man charged, held on $25,000 bond

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com An officer with the State Bureau of Investigation takes off the gas mask after exiting the premises at 102 Aslington St.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
An officer with the State Bureau of Investigation takes off the gas mask after exiting the premises at 102 Aslington St.

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — Update 8:40 p.m.: A Rockingham man faces charges in connection with a suspected meth lab on Aslington Street in Rockingham.

Kevin Anthony Freeman, 27, was charged with one felony count of manufacturing methamphetamines and one felony count of possession or distribution of chemicals as a precursor to manufacture meth.

Freeman appeared before a magistrate and ordered held on a $25,000 bond. As of 8:45 p.m., Freeman was confined at Richmond County Jail.

A woman initially transported to Rockingham Police Department with Freeman was not arrested and transported back to 102 Aslington St.

Three hours ago
State and local law enforcement officers responded late Thursday afternoon to a tip given to the Rockingham Police Department and found “precursors” of a possible meth lab.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Officers with the State Bureau of Investigation carried out two plastic bags of evidence from the home at 102 Aslington St., Rockingham, late Thursday afternoon after a tip gave police probable cause to suspect a meth lab.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Officers with the State Bureau of Investigation carried out two plastic bags of evidence from the home at 102 Aslington St., Rockingham, late Thursday afternoon after a tip gave police probable cause to suspect a meth lab.

A warrant to search the single-story home at 102 Aslington St. was executed by investigators with the State Bureau of Investigation. The search yielded numerous funnels, plastic gloves, rubber tubing and other paraphernalia needed to manufacture methamphetamines.

Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly said a man and a woman were in custody but at 5 p.m. had not yet been charged. Along with the SBI and Rockingham Police Department, a detective with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene, as did the Rockingham Fire Department.

Kelly noted there was no danger to neighbors from the activity at the home, which was cordoned off with yellow police caution tape.

It was not immediately clear if the home was occupied by its owners or renters.

“These young people … get mixed up with the wrong crowd,” said one neighbor.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

 

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