Scott Bradley Richardson

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Scott Bradley Richardson

Sheriff James A. McVicker said information of illegal narcotics being used at a residence resulted in the discovery of a meth lab ready to begin production.

“Narcotics investigators with my office teamed up with North Carolina Probation and Parole to search a residence on Tuesday,” said McVicker. “This was done after information was received about illegal activity at the residence on Old Highway 41 near Dublin.

“Officers began a search of the home based on the occupant being on probation and during that initial search they found a kit for making methamphetamine along with precursors. Once they found these items they contacted the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Clandestine Lab Unit who came down and cleaned up the site and removed the kit and precursors.”

Arrested was Scott Bradley Richardson, 40, of 3513 Old Hwy. 41, Dublin. Richardson was charged with 5 counts of Possession of a Precursor for Manufacturing Methamphetamine. His bond was set at $700,000 secured. He will have a first appearance hearing today in Bladen County District Court.

“I am glad we have people who come forward with information on illegal activity,” said Sheriff McVicker. “We appreciate tips from the public and we follow up on them when we get them. This tip helped us stop a meth lab from operating and spreading these drugs in our county.”