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Johnston County meth bust among largest in recent history

Posted February 22, 2012
Updated February 23, 2012

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— Two Johnston County men were arrested Wednesday in connection with one of the largest methamphetamine lab busts in recent history in Johnston County, Sheriff Steve Bizzell said.

Deputies were trying to serve a warrant on Allen Ray Best Jr., 41, when they attempted to pull his vehicle over around 3:30 p.m. near his Brogden Road home in Smithfield. When Best would not pull over, a short chase ensued. 

The chase ended not far from Best's home at 8694 Brogden Road.

Deputies found meth and chemicals to manufacture meth on Best's person, Bizzell said. At his home, deputies found a large meth cooking operation.  Authorities found evidence of more meth labs in a wooded area behind Best's home and two miles away at an abandoned store front owned by Best's family.

Deputies seized 70 vessels used to cook meth, capable of producing pounds of the drug. Bizzell said it will take thousands of dollars to clean up the labs. 

"This is one of the largest ones we've had and also one of the largest cleanup sites we've had," Bizzell said. "We've got three different sites and three different cleanup sites, which entails a huge cost to the taxpayers."

Best's passenger in the car, James Michael Cook, 22, was also taken into custody.

Both men face charges including manufacturing meth, possession of marijuana and other drugs and conspiracy to manufacture meth. 

They were being held in the Johnston County jail under $201,000 bond Wednesday night and will go before a judge Thursday. joco meth bust Johnston County busts large meth lab

Bizzell said the county is starting to see too many meth labs popping up and he would like to see harsher penalties against those convicted. 

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  • piene2 Feb 24, 2012

    "Probably no more than 5 Hefty leaf bags worth of used up stuff. Take them to the dump and quit running up the bill with those "Haz-mat" suits and the "dog and pony" shows. It's going to be alright...don't worry. el conquistador"

    Most likely less than that. The "Shake and Bake" method uses very little equipment.

  • piene2 Feb 24, 2012

    "They support a sociopath mass murdered like bush and everyone else, they want to execute. piene2

    I guess everyone has to support something huh? I see you choose to support ignorance with your comments.
    profile RM24"

    Tell that to the families of the thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of civilians that died for no good reason at all.

  • bitemedoughboy Feb 24, 2012

    Probably no more than 5 Hefty leaf bags worth of used up stuff. Take them to the dump and quit running up the bill with those "Haz-mat" suits and the "dog and pony" shows. It's going to be alright...don't worry. el conquistador

    Meth lab fumes are dangerous and it won't "be alright" with out proper clean up. Spoken like a true uneducated mouth who knows nothing about this subject. These chemicals are dangerous and the people mixing and cooking this poison do it, sometimes with children inside the dwelling. Your comments are ignorant at best.

  • warbirdlover Feb 23, 2012

    How many of you have ever been around Anhydrous Ammonia. This is some wicked stuff. I have worked on Farm equipment that injects Anhydrous. This is from Safety on the Farm. They discribe it better than I can.“anhydrous” means without water. Consequently, when anhydrous ammonia comes in contact with any moisture, the water and ammonia rapidly combine. When injected into the soil, the liquid ammonia expands into a gas and is readily absorbed in the soil moisture. Similarly, in contact with your eyes, skin, or mucous membranes, ammonia will cause rapid dehydration and severe burns as it combines with the moisture of the body.

  • RM24 Feb 23, 2012

    They support a sociopath mass murdered like bush and everyone else, they want to execute.
    piene2

    I guess everyone has to support something huh? I see you choose to support ignorance with your comments.

  • el conquistador Feb 23, 2012

    Probably no more than 5 Hefty leaf bags worth of used up stuff. Take them to the dump and quit running up the bill with those "Haz-mat" suits and the "dog and pony" shows. It's going to be alright...don't worry.

  • common_sense_plz Feb 23, 2012

    I guess since I live in the shoes of someone who has a family member who has chosen to be a drug addict and alcoholic, then I am entitled to say just what I want. I am so glad that they have arrested these meth makers I dont know what to do. My family member has been arrested and charged previouly and yes I was happy about that, cause it may be the only thing that saves their life. It may sound cruel and cold, but as an adult you make a choice...you chose between your family, your children, your job, etc. or you chose drugs, in our case our family member chose drugs. It is sad that these people love a substance more than the people who love them, and their children.

  • NCAries Feb 23, 2012

    DRUGS ARE for LOSERS!
    peppercorns

    Well then America must be a country of losers...they take drugs to wake up, go to sleep, eat, lose weight, feel happy, control disease, etc. etc. etc.

  • 23tony Feb 23, 2012

    So, the "authorities" continue to make it harder for law-abiding citizens to obtain cold medicine, in the name of stopping this, yet all the efforts seem to accomplish nothing.

    "Ever tghought about the consequences of a wide spread meth use?"

    And widespread alcohol use is pretty bad, too. The world would be so much safer if that was illegal too. Things were so much better when we had national prohibition, right?

    Are you suggesting that millions of people would suddenly start buying it if it were legal, just because it IS legal? Would you?

    Why is it so difficult to see that most of the PROBLEMS come from the illegality - it's no different than the prohibition era, only that time, at least, the prohibition was done constitutionally.

  • piene2 Feb 23, 2012

    I am surprised no one has asked for the death penalty. Around here that is often the reader's first club out of the bag. They support a sociopath mass murdered like bush and everyone else, they want to execute.

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