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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Hampstead man plead guilty today in Pender County Superior Court. Jeffrey Brown, 37, plead guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine using a clandestine lab.

Brown’s arrest stems from a March investigation by the Surf City Police Department. Police received a tip that Ryan Haithcock, who is charged as a co-defendant in this case, was transporting chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine to a home in Hampstead.

Members of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics division, Surf City Police Department, and the North Carolina SBI Clandestine Lab Response Unit went to the home. While approaching the front door, the officers smelled an odor consistent with making methamphetamine. A search of the home revealed the ingredients to make methamphetamine.

Further investigation revealed that Brown had several people he called “smurfs” buy Pseudoephedrine and other chemicals used in the making of methamphetamine so he would evade detection by law enforcement.

Jeffrey Brown received a sentence of 6 to 8 years in the Department of Adult Correction. Ryan Haithcock’s case is still pending. His next court date is in August 15, 2014.

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