Richmond County sheriff’s deputies: Woman had meth precursors around kids

By: Staff report

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County woman is facing multiple charges for allegedly having key ingredients for meth around children.

Investigators with the sheriff’s office were investigating complaints of methamphetamine possibly being cooked in a home on Hatcher Road, southeast of Rockingham, on June 11 when they say the found several precursors inside, according to a press release issued Monday.

Investigators say 35-year-old Victoria Raquel Clayton had children in the home with the meth-making materials.

The release did not disclose which precursors were found and warrants were not yet publicly available at the Richmond County Clerk of Superior Court’s office.

Nor did investigators say how many children were in the home, whether or not they were hers or if the Richmond County Department of Social Services was involved.

Clayton was arrested and charged with five felony counts of possession of a meth precursor with intent to manufacture; and one count of manufacturing methamphetamine. She is also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse.

She was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $55,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court June 28. Clayton was still in custody Monday evening.

Online records with the N.C. Court System and Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Clayton has no other pending charges or previous criminal convictions in the state.

In 2016, the Rockingham Police Department charged three adults accused of cooking meth around children — two of whom were under the age of 3 — in a room at the Regal Inn. Andrew Jennings Roscoe II and Dorothy Ann Joyner pleaded guilty in federal court the following year.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Staff report