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Three children found in Wake home with meth lab

Posted January 7
Updated January 8

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— 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.

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  • evadbbat Jan 8, 2016

    My daughter and her husband and 3 kids live in the same neighborhood, scary stuff.

  • Marcia Maloney Jan 8, 2016
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    This is so sick! These people putting drugs before children. The children need to be taken away from irresponsible parents. These people need to be charged and sentenced for a couple of years- it wont hurt them to be behind bars thinking of what they were exposing their children to.

  • James Scandrick Jan 8, 2016
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    Let me guess what they look like. Where are the Durham Bashers, and the Black Lives Matters Haters, when this is the common problem for a certain community, town, and city. Wake Co. isn't considered Raleigh, but Durham Co. is Durham, funny how WRAL is sure to differentiate to say Wake Co. To involve kids in this foolishness is just carelessness and teaching them what to do as they grow into what they were raised around.

  • Amber Johnson Jan 7, 2016
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    no, they just get their friends to go buy it

  • Roy Hinkley Jan 7, 2016
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    My understanding is that it did greatly reduce meth production and abuse... for a while. Producers had to locate new sources of ingredients. Illiegally imported products seemed to do the trick, so now the abuse rates for meth are about back to where they were before the crackdown on sudafed.

  • Larry Wiandt Jan 7, 2016
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    Hmm, I thought that tracking how many Sudafed tablets I bought in a month was going to stop this...,