Three children found in Wake home with meth lab
Posted January 7, 2016
Updated January 8, 2016
Willow Springs, N.C. — Three children were placed in the custody of the Child Protective Services on Thursday after they were found in a Wake County home when investigators busted up a methamphetamine lab, authorities said.
The Wake County Sheriff's Office raided the home on 6208 Silver Spring Court, in the Willow Spring community east of Fuquay-Varina, at about 9:15 a.m. A tip in October prompted the investigation that led to the raid, Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.
Michael Curtis Jones, 29, and Jessica Nunez-Jones, 29, who live at the Silver Spring Court home; Charles Scott Jones, 33, of 1817 Bowling Road in Fuquay-Varina; Jason Neil Wall, 33, of 325 C.P Stewart Road in Lillington; and Chelsea Lynn Nye, 28, no address available, were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors, maintaining a dwelling for the distribution of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jones and Nunez-Jones also were charged with child abuse.
Neighbors said the couple moved to the house with their children, ages 8, 6 and 4, in the last six months.
"That is what is so frustrating about it," Harrison said. "When you see something like this going on, as hazardous as it is, and have children involved in it."
The sheriff said that, although it was a small meth lab, it still posed a great danger to the home and neighborhood.
"Any time you have a meth lab, because it's explosive material – plus the toxic static it can put off – if that meth lab had gone south and exploded in that house and caught that house on fire, Lord knows what could have happened," he said.
Bridget Roberts, a mother of two, moved across the street a few months ago.
"Their kids would come over in our yard on a couple of occasions and play in our yard, and they just seemed like normal kids," Roberts said. "They never said anything. They just played with our kids and had a good time, and that's all there was."
She said she rarely spoke with the adults, and she never suspected a drug operation in the suburban neighborhood. But she said it did concern her that the Jones children were often unsupervised.
"They didn't come out much," she said of the children's parents. "That was the only thing that ever caught my attention. Why would you let children who were that young outside alone?"
Agents from the State Bureau of Investigation spent much of the day decontaminating the property. The three children and five adults also had to go through a decontamination process.