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Morrisville Car Stop Leads to Meth-Lab Bust in Johnston

Posted September 25, 2007
Updated September 26, 2007

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— A traffic stop in Wake County overnight Monday led to a major drug bust in Johnston County on Tuesday.

Sheriff’s deputies and State Bureau of Investigation agents found a methamphetamine lab in a Benson home where a couple lived with their two children.

SBI crime-scene technicians, suited up in protective gear, carefully removed items that investigators said were used to make the drug.

“It’s extremely dangerous. We have no idea what's in these jugs. We have no idea what we're getting into,” Capt. Alex Fish said as material was taken out of the home.

The investigation started in Morrisville, when police pulled over a car driven by Julius Parker. Officers said they found more than 11 grams of methamphetamine in his car.

Then, through questioning, investigators learned there might be more drugs and weapons at Parker's house near Benson, they said.

Johnston deputies got a warrant, searched the home and found a working meth lab, they said.

“It’s not so much a large operation, but I think it’s an operation that has continued time and time again, and after a while it adds up to a large amount of dope,” Fish said.

Deputies also found Parker's wife, Carolyn, and Michael Ellis at the house and charged them with manufacturing methamphetamine. They said Julius Parker’s brother, Jamie Parker, also showed up at the home and was charged with possessing meth.

A 14-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were living in the midst of the operation, deputies said. Both went to stay with relatives.

“I am very surprised. It’s kind of scary that it’s right down the street from my house,” said neighbor Brittany Berrier.

Berrier stopped when she saw the crime tape deputies had put up. She said she'd been concerned about junk in the yard at the house, but never suspected a drug operation was going on.

“I've always wondered about [the house]. I didn't know what was going on, but I've always thought it was kind of run-down looking,” Berrier said.

Investigators said they found numerous weapons at the home. Parker is a convicted felon, so local authorities said they plan to seek federal weapons and drug charges in the case.

Overall, deputies said they've seen a significant drop in the number of meth labs in Johnston County since 2006, when a new law made it tougher to buy medications that contain pseudoephedrine, like Sudafed. Meth-makers use pseudoephedrine to derive some of their material.

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  • Weetie Sep 27, 2007

    Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, I don't see the humor.

  • earthmama Sep 26, 2007

    gawsh, he sur is hansum. too bad he dun git married.

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Sep 26, 2007

    "MrGup2: "No doubt about it. They are from Johnston County"

    Just what does that statement mean??? I am from Johnston County too. I don't manufacture drugs, I don't steal, rob or kill. I work two jobs - not because i have to but i choose to. Just for the record, there are decent people in Johnston County. These hoodlums live less than 2 miles from me (but thankfully) I do not know them. So, MrGup2, where are you from? I am glad to know there are no "hoodlums" in your county - or neighborhood!"

    It's called stereotyping, and he's just having fun with the stereotypes that people develop from Johnston County. Everyone stereotypes, so at least have a sense of humor about it!

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Sep 26, 2007

    "For WRAL:

    You have one of the most incredible opportunities I have ever seen.

    GOLO provides the opportunity for people in this state to express their anger, frustration, and unfortunately, their hatreds in a non-violent way.

    The beauty of this is; no matter how mean, rotten and nasty people can be in the cyberworld: the posters are not being interviewed by a therapist, so their comments reflect their true feelings and thoughts with no externally imposed restrictions.

    An analysis of all the GOLO comments by sociologists, psychiatrists and even students of those studies is a gold mine that should be available to academia.

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    Yawn

  • jhnewman Sep 26, 2007

    There was a body found on a highway a couple of days ago. I am not sure but it might have been an Interstate. Does anyone know if there has been a follow-up to that? Or, is that a developing story?

  • Timbo Sep 26, 2007

    Fair enough, Angela.

  • tulips4445 Sep 26, 2007

    Thank you for saying that Weetie.
    By the way MrGup2, you remark was very discriminating and prejudice.

  • Weetie Sep 26, 2007

    MrGup2: "No doubt about it. They are from Johnston County"

    Just what does that statement mean??? I am from Johnston County too. I don't manufacture drugs, I don't steal, rob or kill. I work two jobs - not because i have to but i choose to. Just for the record, there are decent people in Johnston County. These hoodlums live less than 2 miles from me (but thankfully) I do not know them. So, MrGup2, where are you from? I am glad to know there are no "hoodlums" in your county - or neighborhood!

  • jhnewman Sep 26, 2007

    For WRAL:

    You have one of the most incredible opportunities I have ever seen.

    GOLO provides the opportunity for people in this state to express their anger, frustration, and unfortunately, their hatreds in a non-violent way.

    The beauty of this is; no matter how mean, rotten and nasty people can be in the cyberworld: the posters are not being interviewed by a therapist, so their comments reflect their true feelings and thoughts with no externally imposed restrictions.

    An analysis of all the GOLO comments by sociologists, psychiatrists and even students of those studies is a gold mine that should be available to academia.

    What might this yield? A very interesting index of racial prejudice, an index of tolerance, an index of fear, and index of...

    All you would need to do is remind/advise GOLO participants/posters that their comment might be reviewed for academic/sociological purposes by academic professionals.

  • Timbo Sep 26, 2007

    Thanks! Interesting.

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