Johnston sheriff’s deputies find meth lab near Clayton

sgilman@newsobserver.comApril 19, 2014 

Two Johnston County sheriff’s deputies arrived Friday afternoon at a house near Clayton to respond to a domestic violence call but found an elaborate drug-making setup, authorities say.

An array of methamphetamine equipment in the house caused the deputies to cautiously back out and call the narcotics specialist.

“It was an elaborate setup,” said Tammy Amaon, public information officer with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office. “Just really, all the components to make meth, and they had it set up really well.”

The officers got a search warrant, the narcotics officer called the SBI’s cleanup unit, and they were at the house on the 100 block of Javelin Court until about 10 p.m. Friday cleaning up what they could.

Meth can’t just be put in the trash. “There’s all kinds of harsh chemicals when you’re cooking meth. They have to suit up in all these suits and masks,” Amaon said.

The deputies arrested the couple, Andrew and Ryanne Garnder, who are being held at the Johnston County jail on drug-related charges. Their first appearance will be at 9 a.m. Monday at the Johnston County courthouse in Smithfield.

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