Police: Fugitive found, admits to mobile meth lab
SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — A US Marshals task force has arrested a man in Surf City who was wanted in Virginia for manufacturing meth. Investigators say when he was caught on Topsail Island, he told them he was running a mobile meth lab out of his car.
According to a spokesperson from the US Marshals Office, a task force in the Virginia area contacted a task force in our area about James Roberts, 28. The spokesperson said Roberts was wanted out of Fanquier County, Virginia for manufacturing meth at a residence.
Officials say the local task force set up surveillance late last night at the Gateway Apartments near the Family Dollar on Highway 50; Roberts was arrested at the apartment complex around 9:30 a.m.
Surf City Police say when he was arrested, Roberts told investigators he had a car that was or is being used as a mobile meth lab. Police secured the vehicle and blocked off the area. The State Bureau of Investigation is headed to the scene to make sure the contents inside the vehicle are properly disposed.
Police say there have been no evacuations and they have no further information.
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