Arrest warrant for assault leads Johnston deputies to drug-lab bust

From staff reportsDecember 13, 2012 

Preston Shadrack Mayo


— Sheriff’s deputies who went to a home on Devil’s Racetrack Road to serve an arrest warrant issued by Sampson County officials found a methamphetamine laboratory and arrested the resident on both charges Wednesday, a spokeswoman said.

Preston Shadrack Mayo, 30, was named in a warrant accusing him of assault on a female, and the deputies believed he was at his home at 9303 Devil’s Racetrack.

About 3:30 p.m., narcotics detectives took the warrant because of suspicions about the residence.

In addition to Mayo, they found the meth lab, sheriff’s spokeswoman Tammy Amaon said.

Mayo was taken to the Johnston County Jail and held on $200,000 bond while officials cleaned up the meth lab.

Because of the chemicals used in manufacturing methamphetamine, such labs require specialists trained in handling hazardous materials.

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