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Children found in Fayetteville home with meth lab, three in custody

Posted October 22, 2014

(L to R) David Shawn Branham, Tracy Michelle Branham and William Ray Tyler Jr. were arrested Wednesday in connection with the discovery of a meth lab.
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— Three people were arrested Tuesday for manufacturing methamphetamine, including a couple whose children were found in a home with a meth lab.

David Shawn Branham, 35, of 374 Saddle Ridge Rd., is charged with conspiracy to distribute or possess a meth precursor. Tracy Michelle Branham, 30, of the same address, is charged with conspiracy to distribute or possess a meth precursor and felony conspiracy. William Ray Tyler Jr., 21, is charged with failure to appear in court and second-degree trespassing.

Police went to the home after coming across a mobile meth lab, located inside a vehicle, outside the Regency Inn at 521 Ramsey St. Further investigation led authorities to the Saddle Ridge Road residence, where three elementary school aged children live, police said.

The children are in the custody of their grandparents, police said.

All three suspects remained in the Cumberland County jail Wednesday night – David Branham under a $100,000 bond, Tracy Branham under a $250,000 bond and Tyler under a $1,000 bond.


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  • George Orwell Oct 23, 2014
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    True, but you don't need a license to breed. Sometimes I wish they did.

  • affirmativediversity Oct 23, 2014

    Once they are released from jail they'll get their kids back and go on their merry way.
    Having illegal drugs in you home (openly available to children) is not grounds in North Carolina for a parent to lose custody of their children.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Oct 23, 2014

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    Too true!

  • Forthe Newssite Oct 23, 2014
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    hmmmmmmmmmmm, my first comment didn't get past the censors, my second one did saying I had forgotten how censored the posts are and now it's gone......

    purdy bunch, some should not be allowed to reproduce

  • babylaceycarpenter Oct 23, 2014

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    It states only that the children were in the custody of their grandparents. It doesn't claim that the grandparents are capable of rearing a child. They raised the one who had the kids.

  • stymieindurham Oct 23, 2014

    Take a look at'em. That's what meth does!!!

  • Cjsk St Oct 23, 2014
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    I bet their parents are so proud of the three of them. Look at those shinning examples for the children to grow up around. Glad the children are safe now. I hope she and he never get them back.

  • Lisa Menendez Oct 23, 2014
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    What is wrong with adults... People like this should not be allowed to have kids.

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  • Grant Boettcher Oct 23, 2014
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    Lovely bunch...