Man Serving Time For Operating Meth Lab Caught With Drugs In Prison

A Johnston County man sentenced to 11 years in the NC Department of Corrections is facing new charges.

Van Buren Killette Jr. 33, of Beulahtown Road, Kenly is currently being held at Johnston Correctional Institute on US70 near Smithfield. On April 13th, prison guards reportedly found marijuana in his possession and contacted the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division.

Following a weeklong investigation, Killette has been charged with possession of a controlled substance in prison and possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver marijuana.  Both charges are felonies.

Killette is serving time after being convicted of being a habitual felon and for an active meth lab found on Thistle Drive near Selma in November 2014.  According to the NC Department of Corrections website, Killette has had 14 infractions since being incarcerated.

The Kenly man has prior convictions for burglary, kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny, and manufacturing a controlled substance.