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Five children needing hospital evaluation after Beaufort County meth lab bust

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CHOCOWINITY, N.C. - Beaufort County deputies discover a meth lab on Carrow Road in Chocowinity.

The State Bureau of Investigations joined deputies in collecting evidence and removing toxic materials.

They say 38-year-old Donnie Mayo and his girlfriend Gina Whaley were cooking meth at his home with five children inside.

Mayo’s currently on probation, and was placed on warrantless searches as a part of his probation.

Investigators and Community Corrections conducted a warrantless search at Mayo’s home. Mayo and Whaley refused to cooperate with the search, and later admitted that there had been meth cooked inside the home.

Deputies say Mayo told them he used Gatorade bottles to cook the meth, and that one was hidden in the kitchen oven, and in his bedroom.

Several agencies assisted in decontaminating the children before they were transported to Vidant Hospital to be evaluated.

Mayo and Whaley were arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possess/Distribute Meth Precursors, Maintaining a Dwelling to Manufacture a Controlled Substance and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Investigators are pursuing indicting Mayo and Whaley with Child Endangerment with the District Attorney’s Office.

Mayo and Whaley were detained in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $100,000.00 secured bond.

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