A meth lab was busted in the Sandy Ridge area of Stokes County on Thursday, resulting in the arrest of two individuals, Jerry Michael Smith, age 33, and Jody Dawn Flynn, age 29. The Stokes County Department of Social Services was contacted by the Sheriff’s Department after they learned three children were living in the residence which was being used as a meth lab.
The Narcotics Unit of the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 3064 NC 770 Hwy in Sandy Ridge after a follow-up of a citizen complaint.
Upon arriving at the residence, officers spoke to Doris Flynn, mother of Jody Flynn, who gave permission for officers to search the residence.
After observing suspicious items “indicative of a meth lab,” according to the press release issued this morning, officers applied for and received a search warrant for the house. During the search, officers located “significant items” believed to be used in the production of methamphetamine.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations was contacted to assist in a clean-up of the meth lab.
During the investigation officers learned three small children were living in the residence along with Smith, Flynn, and Flynn’s mother. The children are two, four, and six years of age. The Stokes County Department of Social Services was notified of the situation and are conducting an investigation into the matter, according to the press release.
Stokes County Sheriff Mike Marshall issued the following statement: “This is one of the many reasons why we are fighting this war on drugs. These labs are dangerous enough with adults around them, but when it comes to children, they have no idea of the level of dangers involved. Meth labs use chemicals that are very combustible and can explode when you least expect it. Besides the danger of Meth itself, the people involved in constructing these type of labs are also producing serious potential harm to anyone who comes near the combination of these chemicals.”
Jerry Michael Smith, of 3064 NC 770 Hwy in Sandy Ridge, age 33, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of precursors, maintaining a drug house, possession of drug paraphernalia, child abuse, and resisting a public officer. He is held under a $105,000 secured bond.
Jody Dawn Flynn, also of 3064 NC 770 Hwy in Sandy Ridge, age 29, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of precursors, maintaining a drug house, possession of drug paraphernalia, and child abuse. She is held under a $75,000 secured bond.