Jacksonville Couple Faces Meth and Child Abuse Charges

Deputies say a child was present in the home.

JACKSONVILLE - Onslow County Deputies say a Jacksonville couple is arrested after a two-month meth lab investigation.

Michael and Robin Farester are charged by the Onslow County Sheriff's Office with manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance, felony conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, child abuse/neglect and other drug related charges.

Investigators executed a search warrant at the couple's home, located at 1033 Spring Villa Drive in Jacksonville, on Wednesday.

"I knew right off, it was drugs," said neighbor Henry Harden.

Harden says he saw traffic at the Farester home all hours of the day and night.

Deputies say inside the home they found chemicals and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine.  According to warrants, deputies also found a child under the age of 16.

Other neighbors, who wished to remain anonymous, tell NewsChannel 12 that a child, who is between the ages of 10 to 12 years old, lived at the home.  Neighbors say Michael Farester is the child's father, and that the child is home schooled.  Deputies say the child was taken to the hospital to be observed since he was exposed to methamphetamine.

Michael and Robin Farester both had their first appearance in Onslow County District Court on Thursday.  They are both held under a $275,000 secured bond each.  Their next court date is scheduled for August 13th.

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