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Two children removed after meth lab found in Raleigh home

Posted January 14, 2016
Updated January 15, 2016

— Police located a methamphetamine manufacturing operation on Huntleigh Drive in Raleigh on Thursday night after serving a warrant in connection with a drug investigation.

Officials said Robert John Kennerley, 43, of 3217 Huntleigh Dr., and Melissa Anne Godhsall, 28, of the same address, were taken into custody in connection with the drug activity, according to officials.

Kennerley and Godshall were each charged with manufacture schedule I controlled substance, traffic in methamphetamine and maintain vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substance. Both suspects also face misdemeanor child abuse charges and animal abuse charges.

Kennerley was given a $250,000 bond, and Godshall is being held under a $200,000 bond. They are scheduled to appear in court on Friday afternoon.

Two children—a 1-year-old and a 7-year-old—were transported for precautionary medical evaluation, authorities said.

Neighbors who live near the suspect home told WRAL News they were surprised to hear what the police found.

"We don't want it in our neighborhood," Anthony Smith said. "If I'd seen it, I'd call the police in a heartbeat."

Authorities said hazmat crews were dispatched to the scene.

Officials said the investigation is ongoing. No further information has been released.


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  • Chris Christian Jan 16, 2016
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    They should have paid attention to their kids! So what you are saying is meth heads are geniuses? I doubt it. And if they were they probably wouldn't get caught. I feel bad for those children, and you should too if you know what method does to them, that is

  • Real Libertine Jan 15, 2016
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    Chrissy, obviously meth production means someone's paid enough attention in chemistry class to handle the manufacturing aspect. Alas, since the socialist public education bureaucracy has such low expectations of many poor students, they have not had the opportunity to avail themselves of such knowledge.

  • Catherine Edwards Jan 15, 2016
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    Looked this property up. It is a rental and the landlords live next door. Should always check on the interior of properties on a periodic basis to make sure tenants aren't messing up your property.
    Those tenants just messed up the owners retirement income. Now they will have to pay a lot of money to rehab the house. I wonder if they did a credit and background check on these people. Bet not.

  • Michael Clay Jan 15, 2016
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    James Scandrick, I'm not sure I understand your statement. The couple in question is white.

  • Nancy Turner Jan 15, 2016
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    Don't understand how a parent would put their child in this danger. Break the law if you want, have at it, but, seriously, a 1 year old and a 7 year old?!? Selfish, stupid, ignorant people!

  • Amy Carey Jan 15, 2016
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    Well it's still early. Only stupid people would mess with meth. It isn't a secret how it messes up lives. And now those poor children...