Suspect in Jones County meth lab bust appears in court

Jones Co. has seen more meth lab bust this year than in all of 2013

JONES COUNTY - Deputies say a woman arrested after a meth lab bust in Jones County appeared in court Tuesday morning.

The bond of 45-year-old Janet Melanie Berry was set at $100,000.

Berry was arrested after deputies searched her trailer on Tyndall Lane, off White Oak River Road west of Maysville, said Capt. Jim Bateman of the Jones County Sheriff's Office. The bust happened at about 2:30 p.m. Monday.

In addition to meth, five marijuana plants were also confiscated from the trailer, investigators said.

Berry is charged with the following:

-Maintaining a place for controlled substance;
-Felony possession of marijuana;
-Manufacturing marijuana;
-Possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to Sheriff Danny Heath, Jones County has seen six to eight meth busts so far in 2014. That may not sound like a lot, especially when you consider neighboring Onslow County had 46 meth busts last year, according to the SBI.

However, the sheriff says six to eight is quite high for a county the size of Jones with a little more than 10,000 people. He says his office depends on the community to be their eyes and ears.

"We get wind of it, we're actively pursuing it trying to find it. We had a good tip on this one," said Sheriff Heath.

Douglas Hendrickson who lives nearby is happy to know his old neighbor has a new home in the Jones County Jail.

"I don't want that around my family. I got two kids of my own. That's bad news," said Hendrickson.

Berry's next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 24. The sheriff says he anticipates  at least two more arrests in connection with case. The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Sheriff's Office.

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