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 foundmorning when officers served a search warrant on the home. Itâ€™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. Sheâ€™s been suspended while the school district conducts its own investigation, but itâ€™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 heâ€™d started noticing a strong odor coming from his neighborâ€™s home, but never equated it to drugs, much less a meth lab.
â€œItâ€™s unreal. Itâ€™s unreal,â€ 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 Whitleyâ€™s bond was $157,500.
Their 8-year-old son has been placed into the care of the Department of Social Services.