Meth-Making Items Found In Wal-Mart Parking Lot

Two people were arrested Saturday afternoon after methamphetamine making items were found inside a car in the parking lot of Wal-Mart in Smithfield.

Around 4:00pm, police responded to a report of a shoplifter.  Police detained Needham Reece Liles, 39, of S. Church Street, Selma before he could leave the scene.

Smithfield Police Captain R. Sheppard said officers found several items used to manufacture meth inside his car but there was no operational meth lab.  Liles and a second person, Michael Shane Clayton, 47, of Homestead Road, Elm City were charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and possession of precursor chemicals. Liles was also arrested for possession of pseudoephedrine with a prior meth conviction.

At the time of his arrest, Clayton was wanted for failing to appear in court in May 2016 for a driving on a revoked license charge.

Clayton was confined in the Johnston County Jail under a $52,000 bond. Liles was held under a $200,000 bond. Contributed photo