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Deputies find meth components in stopped car

Posted December 30, 2008
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Sheriff's deputies in Johnston County chased a woman Tuesday after she evaded a traffic stop. Upon her capture, they discovered the components of a methamphetamine lab in her car's trunk.

When deputies pulled over April Michelle Krob, 29, who is wanted on federal probation-violation charges, she sped away, leading a chase – in her vehicle and on foot.

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"I was sitting in the living room and I heard a big boom. I came outside and I heard sirens. I saw this car flying around in my yard,” witness Jimmy Holmes said.

Holmes said he tried to stop Krob, but ended up getting hurt.

"I got in front of the car and she tried to run over me. Before I could get out from in front of her, she ran over my foot,” Holmes said.

Krob stopped the car and ran into nearby woods. She was caught at Raleigh and Shade Tree roads in Benson at about 4 p.m., Capt. Craig Fish said.

When deputies opened the car's trunk they discovered plastic coolers containing anhydrous ammonia – a dangerous chemical used to make meth.

Investigators say a container ruptured – possibly during the chase – and two deputies were exposed to the harmful and potentially deadly fumes. The men were rushed to the hospital for treatment and were expected to be OK.

“I didn't know what to think. It was scary for a minute because I didn't know what was going on,” witness Randy Hardee said.

Deputies took Krob and Jimmy Dixon, a male passenger who jumped from the car about a half-mile before Krob abandoned it, into custody.

Krob was charged with speeding, failing to stop for a stop sign, fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving, possessing and manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing precursor chemicals for methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances. She was being held Wednesday in the Johnston County Jail under a $1 million bond.

Dixon was charged with possessing and manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy and possessing precursor chemicals for methamphetamine. He was being held in jail under a $500,000 bond.

Investigators said they will seek a search warrant for the house where Krob was staying.

Shade Tree Road was closed Tuesday, and some homes evacuated as a safety precaution, while hazardous-materials personnel removed the coolers from the vehicle.


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  • susraz Jan 1, 2009

    yes this woman has been in and out of jail for years. In 2004, she was in a federal holding facility. Maybe this time, they will lock her up for a long, long time.

  • itsnews2me Dec 31, 2008

    "Does probation EVER work???"

    It works really well for defense lawyers. Why lock someone up for 20 years after billing them once when you can get them out in 7 years, have them commit more crimes, and bill them again to defend against the new charges. Its like money in the bank, baby!

  • Politically Honest NOT PC Dec 31, 2008

    "Holmes said he tried to stop Krob, but ended up getting hurt.
    "I got in front of the car and she tried to run over me..."

    Doing something as stupid as standing in front of a car being chased by the police, kinda makes you wonder if he was on some kind of drugs.

  • MadBiker Dec 31, 2008

    Does probation EVER work???

  • Weetie Dec 31, 2008

    Glad they caught her too! Hope they will get everyone else involved because this is a very bad area for drugs.

  • ladyinblue72 Dec 31, 2008

    On probation and still doing drugs..Imagine that?

  • pleshy Dec 31, 2008

    I am just glad no one rear-ended her. You thought a Corvair would burst into flames. This car would explode and send apocolyptic chemicals all over the place. Meth labs spontaneously blow up all the time, and this lady had one on top of the gas tank in her CAR? this is your brain; this is your brain on Meth. Any questions?

  • ncsingledad2boys Dec 31, 2008

    i know her and she got out of the pen like 9 months ago for the same stuff, she was in there 5 yrs, has a daughter who was taken away at 6 months, been in and out of trouble her whole life, this time if the system does right she shouldn't see johnston co for a long long time, but the prisons are like vacation, so they don't mind going back( the womens prison anyway)

  • faithwalker48 Dec 30, 2008

    I live in Harnett County, about six miles from Benson and this kind of occurance is becoming all too common place in this area. Last year the main road (Warren Rd.) to my house was blocked off for hours because some idiot had thrown the makings of a methlab out the window during a police chase. I hope they catch 'em all and send them under the jail!

  • TITAN4X4 Dec 30, 2008

    Hmm! Imaginary that! Wanted on a FEDERAL warrant, and "they" run because of a meth lab in the trunk. Wow, what is the world comming to........... LOL! I'm sure that she was on parole for previous drug convictions, and I bet that they find that her pasanger also has priors! Good job LEO!