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Another arrest in Pink Hill meth lab bust

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A third arrest has been made in the investigation into a Pink Hill meth lab.

The Lenoir County Sheriff's office has arrested Lorne Howard. Deputies say Howard was hiding out in Beaufort County.

This arrest brings to an end the four month drug investigation by the LCSO narcotics division

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The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office incorrectly identified the woman recently arrested.  Her name is Lisa Futrell.

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As promised, the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office arrested another person in connection to a meth lab in Pink Hill.

Her name is Lisa Futrell. She's 44 years old. Deputies charged her with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine and gave her a $5,000 bond.  She's since bonded out of jail. 

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Another meth lab has been busted in eastern North Carolina.

At 6:30 p.m. on August 15, 2013 the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on NC 11 South in Pink Hill.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Duplin County Sheriff's Office and the NCSBI. 

During the search of the home and multiple barns and buildings deputies found an active meth lab operation.  The Sheriff's Office says this particular location and the suspect, Ralph Stroud AKA "Eddie Stroud" and "Fast Eddie", have been under investigation for the past 4 months. 

The Sheriff's Office says the suspect used a "condensed ammonia" method during the cooking process of making meth.  Stroud, 47, was found on the premises during the execution of the search warrant.  Stroud is currently under arrest and will be charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession with the intent to sell and deliver Meth, Maintaining a dwelling for narcotics, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Stroud has a history of meth convictions and has served time in Federal prison. 

The Sheriff's Office also says other arrests are likely in this case.  The removal process is now underway at the crime scene.  It is likely to go through the night and well into tomorrow before everything is collected, photographed and/or destroyed. 

The Pink Hill Vol. Fire Department, LC EMS, and Lenoir Co. Emergency Management assisted deputies during this event.

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