Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit and certified Clandestine Lab Agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations are currently located at a Meth Lab discovered at 415 Carrow Road in Chocowinity. The certified Clandestine Lab Agents are in the process of collecting evidence and removing toxic materials.
Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit received information that Donnie Mayo, 38 years of age, of 415 Carrow Road in Chocowinity was cooking Meth at his residence. Investigators established surveillance on Mayo's residence and learned that there were five (5) children at the residence. Investigators learned that Mayo was currently on probation and placed on warrantless searches as part of his probation.
Investigators teamed up with Community Corrections and responded to Mayo's residence to conduct a warrantless search. Mayo and his girlfriend Gina Whaley refused to cooperate with the warrantless search and later admitted that there had been Meth cooked inside the residence. Mayo told investigators that he used Gatorade bottles to cook the Meth. Mayo told investigators that there was one hidden in the kitchen oven and one hidden in his bedroom.
Emergency Management, Chocowinity Fire, Chocowinity EMS and Department of Social Services responded to the scene and assisted in decontaminating the five (5) children and transporting them to Vidant Hospital to be evaluated.
Mayo and Whaley were arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possess/Distribute Meth Precursors, Maintaining a Dwelling to Manufacture a Controlled Substance and Possession of Methamphetamine.
Investigators will pursue indicting Mayo and Whaley with Child Endangerment with District Attorney's Office. Mayo and Whaley were detained in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $100,000.00 secured bond.
Captain Russell Davenport
Beaufort County Sheriff's Office