ROCKINGHAM — Two people are in jail on meth charges after deputies say they received complaints about drug activity.
Richmond County sheriff’s deputies on Friday arrested Brian Clinton Davis, 33, and Crystal Kaye Andre, 30, both of Rockingham.
Deputies found materials to make methamphetamine, meth residue and cocaine inside a building on Benji Road, sheriff’s Capt. Jay Childers said. The drugs and paraphernalia were allegedly found in an outbuilding at Davis’s home.
Davis and Andre were both charged with manufacturing meth, possession of methamphetamine precursor, felony possession of cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Andre was also served with a failure to appear warrant, deputies say.
Deputies say Davis was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond and Andre was placed under a $51,000 secured bond.
Andre is also currently facing a second-degree trespassing charge, according to court records.
According to the State Bureau of Investigation, there were 13 meth labs busted in Richmond County in 2013.
Neighboring Anson County ranked third in the state with 30 labs, following Onslow with 46 and Wilkes with 50.
In all, the SBI reports a total of 561 meth labs discovered in the Tar Heel State last year, a 22 percent increase from 2012.
Of those, 81 percent were “one-pot” mobile labs in which offenders used plastic soda bottles to mix the drug in what is referred to as the “shake and bake” method.
“Tougher laws and new technology are helping, but smaller meth labs continue to pose a threat to safety,” Attorney General Roy Cooper said in January. “We need more law enforcement along with better public awareness to fight meth labs.”
Contact reporter William R. Toler at 910-997-3111, ext. 16.