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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office along with the White Lake Police Department conducted a joint operation that shut down a Methamphetamine Lab near White Lake last week.

Sheriff James A. McVicker said, he and White Lake Chief of Police Bruce Smith, are very proud of the joint operation.

The investigation started after observations made by the White Lake Police Department of unusual activity and information from the public. After gathering information, members of the Sheriff’s Office and Police Department approached the residents residing at 7529 Highway 41 East, Elizabethtown, on November 28th. The officers were able to determine the existence of a lab after locating multiple methamphetamine manufacturing precursors and cocaine. Once these dangerous and deadly chemicals were located, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was requested to assist with the scene processing and destruction of clandestine laboratory materials as required by the State of North Carolina.

At the conclusion of this investigation, on November 29, 2018, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, White Lake Police Department, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at 7529 Hwy 41 East, Elizabethtown, NC.  Multiple items were seized consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Arrest warrants were served on the defendant in this investigation, Albert Milton Thomas II, 57.  The defendant was subsequently arrested and processed at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center where he remains under a $50,000.00 secure bond. Thomas was charged with five counts of possession of methamphetamine manufacturing precursors, one count of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of keeping or selling controlled substances, one  count of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver cocaine, two  counts of possession of cocaine

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