Two Carteret County residents accused in a weekend meth bust at a Newport motel face stricter penalties under a new law if convicted, authorities said.
Brandon Lee Hobbs, 33, of Atlantic Beach, and Katie Marie Craft, 22, of Newport, were arrested Sunday by Newport police. Each was charged with possession of methamphetamine precursor materials and manufacturing methamphetamine, according to a department news release.
They were placed in the Carteret County Jail under a $100,000 bond each.
Their arrest followed police response Sunday evening to a report of suspicious activity at the Hostess House Extended Stay Motel at 6741 U.S. 70 in Newport.
During the investigation, Sgt. W. Pollock and Officer J. Ferrell discovered individuals in one of the motel rooms acting suspiciously and discovered precursor materials consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, according to a release by the Newport Police Department.
Upon further investigation, the officers found the suspects were actively cooking meth in the motel room, according to the release.
Motel guests in the adjacent rooms were evacuated for safety reasons due to the volatile materials being used. One of the adjacent rooms was occupied by a family with an infant child, police said.
If there is a conviction, a new law could apply to the case. The law went into effect Sunday and increases the penalties for those convicted of methamphetamine where children, the disabled or elderly adults are present by increasing the sentence by 24 months, police said.
Specially trained agents with the State Bureau of Investigation arrived Monday to dismantle the meth operation and remove the hazardous materials. The Newport Fire Department also responded.