Meth lab found in Wake Co. teacher’s home

A Wake County school teacher and her husband were arrested Friday after a methamphetamine lab was found in their Zebulon home, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said.

Lori Riley Whitley, 38, and Gary Nelson Whitley, 41, of 109 Big Branch Court, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for distribution of a controlled substance and child abuse.

The couple’s 8-year-old son was in the home, authorities said. 

Lori Whitley has worked as a third-grade a teacher at Wendell Elementary School since 2002, Wake County Schools said. She was suspended with pay starting Friday.

Some neighbor of the couple said they have never seen anything suspicious going on in the house, but they did have strong opinions on the characters of the couple.

Neighbor Bernard Brodie said of Lori Whitely, “She’s a very sweet person. She’d see you, she’d speak, wave. ‘How you doing?’”

But Brodie had a differing opinion on Gary Whitely.

“But Mr. Whitley, no no no. He’s disrespectful,” Brodie said.

Copyright 2015 WNCN. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this article. 

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