WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Five people face methamphetamine-related charges, according to a spokesperson for the Wilmington Police Department. One of the suspects arrested sparked a lengthy manhunt Wednesday night in the Pine Valley area.
The following are charged as listed below:
Tuesday, WPD narcotics detectives learned about a meth a lab at the Travel Lodge at 4118 Market Street when cleaning staff cleaned a room with meth and precursors associated with manufacturing meth inside.
It was after this that detectives came into contact with and charged Frederick.
While investigating, detectives discovered materials used to make meth in another hotel room, and they were subsequently able to identify other key suspects in the production of meth.
On Wednesday, police arrested and charged Carter while following up on the meth investigation. His room had been registered the day before at the Travel Lodge.
On Wednesday night, WPD narcotics detectives spotted a vehicle with more suspects connected to the production of meth at the hotel. Detectives watched as the vehicle pulled into the parking lot of a commercial building at S. 17th Street and Independence Boulevard and as the occupants discarded items consistent with manufacturing meth.
When the vehicle left the parking lot, it arrived at the Han-Dee Hugo's at Shipyard Boulevard and Long Street, where detectives confronted the occupants.
As detectives approached the vehicle, they noticed a strong chemical smell coming from the opened truck area of the car.
They proceeded to arrest two of the car's passengers, Lunceford and Schofield, but when they tried to arrest the driver, Thomas, he fled on foot.
This led police on a three-hour manhunt in the Pine Valley area before Thomas was finally arrested.
All suspects were booked at the New Hanover County Jail under various bond amounts.
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