Meth lab discovered

Published 10:21 am Monday, January 22, 2018

PENDLETON – A trio of Pendleton residents are behind bars, each held under a $150,000 secured bond, for their alleged roles in operating a meth lab.

Northampton County Sheriff Jack Smith reported the arrests of Lawrence Grant, age 46, Linda Tomlin, 34, and Cody Beaumont, 24 – all residents of 218 Pineridge Lane in Pendleton, an area located off Vaughan’s Creek Road.

Smith said all three were charged with felony manufacture methamphetamine, felony possession with intent to manufacture precursor, and felony maintain dwelling.

Agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Clandestine Lab Team responded to remove hazardous material from this Northampton County residence where an alleged meth lab was discovered.

Precursor is items used in the manufacture of meth.

According to a press release sent by Sheriff Smith, agents of the Down East Drug Task Force along with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Northampton County Sheriff’s Office were following up on drug complaints at the residence of 218 Pineridge Lane.

He said that upon the agents speaking with the subjects at that residence, the law enforcement officers discovered what appeared to be a meth lab operation going on inside.

At that time, the agents secured the residence and applied for a search warrant. A search warrant was granted and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Clandestine Lab Team responded to remove the hazardous material from the residence.

“I commend these agents on a job well done,” Sheriff Smith stated. “They work hard on combating illegal drugs throughout three counties served by the Down East Drug Task Force.”

Lawrence Grant

Sheriff Smith also thanked the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation for their assistance.

“The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office and the Down East Drug Task Force will continue to follow up on all drug complaints throughout Hertford, Northampton and Bertie counties,” Smith said.

He encouraged Northampton County residents to call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at 252-534-2611 or the Crime Stopper’s Hotline at 252-534-1110 to report illegal activity taking place in the county. Smith said those callers remain anonymous.

Linda Tomlin

Sheriff Smith concluded by saying he would like to thank Sheriff Dexter Hayes of the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff John Holley of Bertie County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this operation.

“This is a prime example when all three counties come together and remove dangerous citizens like this and keep our citizens safe,” Smith concluded.

According to story filed by, this isn’t the first time that local law enforcement officers have visited 218 Pineridge Lane.

Investigation of the residence goes back to at least 2014 when alleged evidence of meth production using a shake and bake soda bottle method was discovered.

Cody Beaumont

While there was no evidence of a working meth lab at the residence back in 2014, Grant and Beaumont along with Rachel Dawn O’Dell Bisbing were all arrested on various other drug charges, to include possession of Schedule II and IV narcotics, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.



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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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