Deputies: A neighborhood watch group helps bust meth lab

Deputies: A neighborhood watch group helps bust meth lab

DEEP RUN, LENOIR COUNTY - Members of a neighborhood watch group in Deep Run are trying to stop crime in its tracks by acting as additional eyes and ears for law enforcement.

On Saturday around 5:30 p.m., Detectives went to 2324 Juniper Lane after receiving complaints from neighbors regarding drug activity in the area.

Lenoir County deputies found an active meth lab at the home of 23-year-old Eric Phillip Harper.

Deputies said they received a lot of help from the community in the case, including complaints and information.

Kevin Smith lives right beside the home where the meth bust happened.

"Everybody knew there was something going on over there. It was just a matter of time," he said.

Smith is member of the neighborhood watch group. He said the group started about a year ago and their plan is to just make the neighborhood a safer place for everyone.

"I feel safe knowing I got my neighbors here. Everybody is watching out for everybody," said Smith.

The State Bureau of Investigation and the Deep Run Fire Department were also called to investigate the home.

During the search investigators said they found ingredients to make meth, including lye, salt, and batteries.

Harper is charged with four felonies, including manufacturing methamphetamine.

He's is in the Lenoir County Detention Center under a $130,000 secured bond.

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