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Pender Co. man pleads guilty to running meth lab

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Pender County man will spend about five years in prison after pleading guilty to running a meth lab.

A judge sentenced Jason Hall, 43, of Willard, North Carolina to 44-65 months after Hall pleaded guilty to manufacture methamphetamine from a clandestine lab and possessing immediate precursor chemicals used in clandestine manufacturing of methamphetamine.

The Pender County Sheriff's Office began an investigation on Hall in September 2013 when they got a tip he was "cooking" methamphetamine, the District Attorney's Office said. Prosecutors say the Duplin County Sheriff's Office provided information that Hall and another person had on purchased items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine four times between March and August 2013. These purchases were captured on videotape.

Pender County detectives received information that caused them to focus on Hall's home on Lake Road in Willard. During a February search of the house, officers found three loaded long guns and 40 pseudoephedrine pills, which are the primary ingredient in methamphetamine. They also searched an outbuilding, where they found lithium batteries, a pill grinder, camp fuel, coffee filters, several plastic bottles and coiled tubing, which constituted a small methamphetamine lab. One bottle contained a clear pink liquid that contained methamphetamine. Hall was arrested February 20 and made a statement that he had a small meth lab and it was nothing major, investigators say.

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