Deputies Raid Smithfield Business

A business located only a few hundred feet away from the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office Fleet Services Building was reportedly being used to distribute narcotics. The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday the results of an undercover operation and drug bust at JoCo Treasure Hut, located in the 1300 block of N. Brightleaf Boulevard near Shelter Way.

Sheriff’s investigators said they believe illegal drug sales were taking place inside the thrift shop. During a May 12th search warrant, approximately 130 grams of methamphetamine, with a potential street value of $13,000, was reportedly seized along with various drug paraphernalia.

Thomas Roscoe Adkins, 48, of Brogden School Road, Smithfield; Rebecca McLamb Lupton, 45, of Highway 27 West, Benson; Loretta Gail Baker, 48, of Spring Lake Road, Four Oaks; and Michael Lynn Russell, 58, of Holland Road, Fuquay Varina were arrested at JoCo Treasure Hut and charged with trafficking methamphetamine and conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.

A fifth person, Sherry Godwin Watkins, 50, of Godwin Estates Lane, Middlesex was arrested after she arrived at the business allegedly with methamphetamine, Oxycodone pills and a glass meth pipe in her possession.

Adkins, Lupton and Russell were held on $250,000 secured bonds. Baker was held on a $175,000 secured bond. Watkins was given a $75,000 secured bond.

It is unknown how long the business had been in operation. A spokesperson for the Town of Smithfield said Tuesday they had not issued a business license or permit for a thrift shop at the address.


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