British citizen pleads guilty to trafficking meth in Brunswick County

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — A British citizen will serve more than four years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking charges on Monday. Tristan James Campbell Mardall, 48, a United States resident and citizen of the United Kingdom, pleaded guilty in Brunswick County Superior Court to one count of trafficking in methamphetamine, according to District Attorney […]

Wilmington man sentenced more than 4 years for possession of materials to make meth

Patrick Scott Maples

A Wilmington man has pleaded guilty to meth charges in New Hanover County Superior Court. Patrick Maples, 53, of Wilmington, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of possession of immediate precursor chemicals involving methamphetamine, according to a news release from District Attorney Ben David. Superior Court Judge W. Douglas Parsons sentenced Maples to 50-78 months […]

Drain cleaner, batteries and ‘Smurfs’: District Attorney Ben David talks about the dangers of meth production

District Attorney Ben David held a press conference Friday to discuss Operation One-Pot to Prison. Photo by Christina Haley.

Drain cleaners, salts, medicine, batteries: Each are common every day household items that are used to “cook” methamphetamine, one of the most destructive illegal drugs to produce. State and local authorities have been working for years to seek out and prosecute meth “cooks” in New Hanover and Pender counties, according to District Attorney Ben David. […]