RICHLANDS, ONSLOW COUNTY - Deputies have arrested two parents for allegedly possessing meth with the intent to sell it from their Onslow County home that they share with five children.
According to the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Holly Allen and 31-year-old Jarred Mackey are accused of selling meth from their home on Gregory Fork Road near Richlands. Deputies said they received a tip about a meth lab on Saturday, which sparked the investigation.
Five children, between 1 month to 13 years old, live at that home, said investigators. Some of the children had Allen's last name and some had Mackey's, according to deputies.
"They were really good kids," said Gisselle Castillo, one of their neighbors. "Every time we would invite them over, they would come play on the trampoline. I really feel bad for the children. I mean, they deserve better."
Deputies said they seized meth and precursor chemicals during the investigation and arrested the suspects on Sunday.
Castillo, 15, said she has watched over the children before. Her mother gave NewsChannel 12 permission for an interview.
"It's a really bad influence toward your kids, especially if you want them to be good in life," Castillo said. "You're not a good role model by doing that."
She couldn't imagine had it been her family.
"I would just teach them the right things, try to be a role model to them if my parents couldn't be," Castillo said.
Allen and Mackey have each been charged with possession with intent to sell / distribute a schedule ll controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and child abuse, according to the Sheriff's Office. They were each issued a $35,000 secured bond.
There was no word on where the children are staying following their parents' arrests. NewsChannel 12 reached out to the Department of Social Services several times, and has not received a phone call back.