New Hanover County man pleads guilty to making meth in bedroom

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Joseph Wayne Radford
Joseph Wayne Radford

A New Hanover County man pleaded guilty this week to making meth at his home in May 2015.

Joseph Wayne Radford, 37, pleaded guilty Tuesday in New Hanover County Superior Court to a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine, according to District Attorney Ben David.

On May 24, 2015, detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office received information that Radford was making methamphetamine his home in the Grove Park Mobile Home Park on Carolina Beach Road.

During the investigation, a detectives found that Radford had made numerous purchases of pseudoephedrine – the primary ingredient used to make methamphetamine – and had been blocked by federal law from purchasing the drug on other occasions between July 2014 and May 2015, David said.

Detectives went to Radford’s residence on May 26, 2015, when the defendant gave consent for them to search the premises. In his bedroom, detectives found a Gatorade bottle containing liquid and solid substances used to manufacture methamphetamine, David said. Authorities also found chemicals used in making methamphetamine.

“If you make methamphetamine in New Hanover County we will use every tool at our disposal to see that you receive a prison sentence. We are very fortunate that Sheriff [Ed McMahon] has dedicated specially trained detectives to investigate these potentially lethal crime scenes,” Assistant District Attorney Timothy Severo said. “This prosecution of this case was also made possible with the assistance and training of the North Carolina State Bureau Clandestine Lab Response Team.”

Superior Court Judge Phyllis Gorham sentenced Radford to 50-72 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections.