Neighbor leads police to reported meth lab

Ricky Lee Blair; Courtesy: Wilmington Police
Ricky Lee Blair; Courtesy: Wilmington Police
Cory Nicholas Best; Courtesy: Wilmington Police
Cory Nicholas Best; Courtesy: Wilmington Police
James David Stirling; Courtesy: Wilmington Police
James David Stirling; Courtesy: Wilmington Police

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Wilmington Police arrested three men in connection with manufacturing crystal meth out of an apartment in the university area of the city.

Police arrested James David Stirling, Cory Nicholas Best and Ricky Lee Blair.

All three are charged with the following:

- Manufacturing a controlled substance - Schedule II (methamphetamine)

- Maintaining a dwelling used to manufacture a controlled substance

- Felony conspiracy

Bond for each suspect was set at $1,000,000 each.

Police tell WECT.com that a neighbor at the apartment complex on Cedarwood Lane called to complain about a smell coming from another unit in the building late Friday night.

Officers responded and observed several containers of Meth that they said had been bottled. The three men were arrested on the scene.

The SBI was notified and they were seen outside the apartment wearing Hazmat suits, as they cleaned up and processed the crime scene.

Two adjacent apartments were evacuated but neighbors were allowed back in once the clean up was complete.

Due to budget cuts at the state level, the SBI handles clean ups of these dangerous drug sites, but the agency no longer pays for them.

New Hanover County taxpayers will have to foot the bill. The clean up is expected to cost around $2500.

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