A North Carolina husband and wife, the wife an elementary school teacher, are behind bars. The parents of an 8-year-old boy, the two had an honest-to-goodness full-blown meth lab going in their home. Gary Whitley, 41, and Lori Whitley, 38, are facing a combined total of twelve charges, including manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, and child abuse.
Deputies with Johnston County told media outlets that the equipment for making meth was found Friday morning when officers served a search warrant on the home. It’s unclear what lead to the search warrant being sought to begin with.
Lori had been a third grade teacher at Wendell Elementary School for 13 years. She’s been suspended while the school district conducts its own investigation, but it’s with pay.
The State Bureau of Investigation decontamination team handled the chemicals found, while officers worked around the clock at the scene.
A next-door neighbor, Bernard Brodie, said Lori was a good lady. He admitted he’d started noticing a strong odor coming from his neighbor’s home, but never equated it to drugs, much less a meth lab.
“It’s unreal. It’s unreal,” he said.
Both Gary and Lori are being housed in the Johnston County jail. Bond for Gary Whitley was set at $207,500, while Lori Whitley’s bond was $157,500.

Their 8-year-old son has been placed into the care of the Department of Social Services.