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Two from Duplin County charged with meth offenses

On July 7, investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit arrested Cameron Merritt, 24, of 144 Johnny Whaley Lane in Beulaville and Brandi Howard, 24, of 2051 Lightwood Bridge Road in Wallace. Merritt was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Howard was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Their arrested stemmed from investigators receiving information that Merritt was selling and transporting methamphetamine from Duplin County to Beaufort County. Investigators learned that Merritt and Howard were staying at the Days Inn hotel in Washington, then approached and searched Merritt and Howard. Merritt was found to be in possession of approximately 52 grams of methamphetamine. Howard was found to be in possession of approximately one gram of methamphetamine.

Merritt was placed under a $75,000 secured bond, and Howard was placed under an $8,000 secured bond.