Children taken from meth lab home, suspects jailed on $1 million bond

Children taken from meth lab home, suspects jailed on $1 million bond

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 13 at 1:21 AM

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. -- Gaston County Police finished up their investigation Tuesday evening at a house on Lewis Farm Road, where they said three people were were charged with running a meth lab.

Investigators said they found two children, eight and 13, living in the home that was littered inside and out with junk food wrappers, cans, and other debris.

Bond for Kevin Cline and Barry Collins was set at $1 million each. A bond of $500,000 was set for Neda Collins, believed to be Barry Collins' wife.

Investigators said the extraordinary bonds were set due to the element of danger the meth lab posed to the children.

Police called Roy Newton, who lives nearby, to come by the home Tuesday. They told him they had discovered some $8,000 worth of tools that had been stolen from Newton last month.

It was that investigation into stolen property that first brought police to the house on Monday.

Once at the home, investigators became suspicious when they found packaging for medications and glass bottles commonly used in the production of methamphetamine.

The two children have been placed in the custody of the Gaston County Department of Social Services.

Roy Newton said he is just glad it is over for the kids.

"I don't care if I get nothing back, as long as they go to jail. They had kids living there and they got them away. That means a lot to me," he said.

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