Tip leads to arrest for meth lab

By: W. Curt Vincent - Bladen Journal

ELIZABETHTOWN — An anonymous tip led Bladen County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers to a residence near Dublin and resulted in the arrest of a Bladen County man when a meth lab was found.

“Narcotics investigators with my office teamed up with North Carolina Probation and Parole to search a residence on Tuesday,” said Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. “This was done after information was received about illegal activity at the residence on Old Hwy. 41 near Dublin.

He added that officers began a search of the home based on the occupant being on probation and, during that initial search, they found a kit for making methamphetamine along with precursors.

“Once they found these items they contacted the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Clandestine Lab Unit who came down and cleaned up the site and removed the kit and precursors,” McVicker said.

Arrested was Scott Bradley Richardson, 40, of Dublin, who was charged with five counts of possession of a precursor for manufacturing methamphetamine. His bond was set at $700,000 secured. He had his first appearance hearing Wednesday in Bladen County District Court.

“I am glad we have people who come forward with information on illegal activity,” said McVicker. “We appreciate tips from the public and we follow up on them when we get them. This tip helped us stop a meth lab from operating and spreading these drugs in our county.”

W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or by email at cvincent@s24515.p831.sites.pressdns.com.


W. Curt Vincent

Bladen Journal