ROCKINGHAM — Several complaints from neighbors led to the discovery of a meth operation, according to police.
Although they didn’t find an active lab, investigators with the Rockingham Police Department say they found several items and precursors — including lithium batteries and plastic bottles — used to make methamphetamine at a home on Garrett Street while serving a search warrant early Wednesday afternoon.
Police arrested and charged 41-year-old Robert Ray Brayboy and 46-year-old Gina Marie Chavis with one felony count each of manufacturing methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.
Brayboy was also charged with five counts of possession of a meth precursor, Chavis with six.
They were booked into the Richmond County Jail each under a $150,000 secured bond.
This is the third meth arrest in the city limits this year.
Last month, officers arrested 20-year-old Andrew Jennings Roscoe, 19-year-old Jessica Alexandra Roberts and 50-year-old Dorothy Ann Joyner, after an active one-pot meth lab was found in a room at the Regal Inn.
In June, police charged 30-year-old Brandon Kiker and 31-year-old Myra Horne after a patrol officer received a complaint that tenants of apartments on Cauthen Drive may have been cooking meth.
In both those cases, children were present. However, police say there were no children at the home during Wednesday’s search.
Kiker and Horne were indicted on federal meth charges in August — along with Mary Elizabeth Collins, Raymond Ray Ricky Collins, Donna Pullian Hayden, Dorothy Jean Hayden and Tammy McIntyre Bruner — for their roles in manufacturing the drug in Richmond County.
Online court records show Chavis currently has a pending misdemeanor charge of assault and battery.
Brayboy is convicted felon who served five months behind bars last year when his probation was revoked on a 2011 conviction for possession of stolen goods, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.
His criminal record also includes larceny, forgery and worthless check convictions.
Chavis has been twice convicted of driving with a revoked license — once in Richmond County, once in Anson County — and driving while impaired.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
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