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Authorities shut down meth lab in Tarboro

Posted December 5, 2012

— Authorities in Edgecombe County on Wednesday announced their first-ever raid on a methamphetamine lab.

The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force and the Tarboro Police Department Narcotics Unit worked together to shut down the meth lab, which was operating inside a horse barn behind a home in the 3000 block of Alternate U.S. Highway 64 East in Tarboro.

Officers said they were investigating two men suspected of selling the drug when they stopped their vehicle on U.S. Highway 258. Officers found meth in the car and determined that the drug had been smoked in the vehicle. A woman and her 2-year-old child were also in the car at the time.

Officers contacted the State Bureau of Investigation, which handles meth lab disposal and cleanup, and went to the home with a search warrant.

Methamphetamine, ingredients to make the drug, paraphernalia and a .22 caliber pistol were found in the residence, police said.

Jerry Harold Coffield, 48, and Heath Braxton Coffield, 25, were each charged with manufacture methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell/deliver meth, maintaining a dwelling for manufacturing meth, two counts of possession of meth, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of methamphetamine precursors.

Chelsea Lou Pelletier, 24, was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine and possession of meth.

Investigators said Heath Coffield had recently moved back to Edgecombe County after living in Florida, where he was charged with meth possession. When he returned home, police said, he built the lab and ran it for about two weeks before authorities dismantled it.

Police said Pelletier came to the area with Heath. Her child was placed in protective custody, and child endangerment charges are pending against the mother, investigators said.

Jerry Coffield was held on a $435,000 secured bond. Heath Coffield was held on a $415,000 secured bond.

Pelletier was held on a $165,000 secured bond.


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  • twatkinsntp Dec 6, 2012

    And all of you using the Prohibition argument......alchohol is now legal but there are still those that make moon shine......so where's your argument now.

  • twatkinsntp Dec 6, 2012

    Gosh looking at them you never would suspect them of doing anything like this.......LOL.....to all of those that think drugs should be legalized.......really.....what would this drug do if it were legal.......?

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Dec 6, 2012

    Don't any of these dummies ever look at meth mug shots and see what this poison does to you? It's scary to see how desperate people are to escape real life.

  • feistyredhead2001 Dec 6, 2012

    It is so sad to constantly read about children being subjected to this kind of environment. A 2 year old child is forced do to the parents actions to be around this and now due to a parents lack of responsiblity to the child they brought into this world that child will go into the system and it is all just so sad and sickening.

  • bdu4dals2 Dec 6, 2012

    I'm pointing at the Ambulance Chasing lawyers and wishy washy Judges to sotp with the plea nonsense and hammer these people. You can't fix it if you don't use the right tools!

  • wildpig777 Dec 6, 2012

    lets hold crooked lawyers and judges to the same standard as drug dealers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • FE Dec 6, 2012

    "Only charges I see are child abuse and driving under the influence. You wouldnt have 'meth labs' if drugs were legal. Next they will be smoking bath salts to get high....wait......" -- vinylcarwraps23

    Methamphetamine is one of the most harmful drugs in general use, especially when the majority of the meth is now made by street chemists who are merely looking for a quick buck and/or are already addicted to the drug.

    As for the inane "bath salts" comment, rest assured that item has NOTHING to do with the fragrant stuff you pour into your nice warm bath water. There have been deaths (college kids) in the Raleigh area from the use of those "bath salts."


  • piene2 Dec 5, 2012

    "Only charges I see are child abuse and driving under the influence. You wouldnt have "meth labs" if drugs were legal. Next they will be smoking bath salts to get high....wait......

    That is exactly right. The government learned nothing from the Prohibition era. They created a profitable market and the new entrepreneurs are only too happy to provide the products. Even if those folks get any meaningful jail time there will be another six methamphetamine labs built to replace it.

  • McLovin Dec 5, 2012

    Jbmat - haha..yeah she does...clearly she has been crying to...

    officer I had no idea that i was making meth...

  • Autofreak1986 Dec 5, 2012

    Yep. LOCK UP THESE POS RIGHT NOW. Meth? Childish 2-year-old behavior and ALMOST TRIFLING. EPIC FAIL.

    First a YouTube video about bragging about a bank heist in Nebraska and NOW THIS. I am getting tired of getting everything but the kitchen sink thrown at me Wednesdays and Thursdays when I've already had a HECK OF A BAD DAY. Why not double or triple the bail bonds since they decided to do something completely stupid - and crack down HARD on meth and other illegal drugs with stiff bail bonds up to 8 digits. The bail bond for Pelletier is NOT ENOUGH. $5M would suffice. End of story. Once again, childish 2-year-old behavior and ALMOST TRIFLING. EPIC FAIL.

    Parents, talk to your children before they do something stupid like this. PLEASE!