Investigation leads to meth bust in NC Walmart parking lot

Elijah Robinson, Buddy Kinney, and Nathan Gipson (Source: Brunswick Co. Sheriff's Office)

LELAND, N.C. (WECT) – A joint investigation between the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Jacksonville Police Department’s Drug Unit led to the arrest of three men in the parking lot of the Walmart in Leland on Thursday night.

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Through their investigation, agents obtained information that the suspects would be in the area, possibly with drugs.

According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office officials, the suspects were spotted in the Walmart parking lot and attempted to flee, hitting a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office vehicle in the process. The suspects never made it out of the parking lot and were arrested.

According to warrants, the suspects had 181 grams of methamphetamine in their possession.

Elijah Robinson, of North Charleston, South Carolina has been charged with possession with the intent to manufacture/sell/deliver methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, conspiring to sell methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a public officer, and two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine. His bond was set at $1 million.

Buddy Kinney, 26, of Summerville, South Carolina was charged with conspiring to sell methamphetamine, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting a public officer. He was booked under a $23,000 bond.

According to a warrant, Kinney drove a 2016 Hyundai Sonata into a BCSO car as he tried to elude arrest.

Nathan Gipson, 17, of North Charleston, South Carolina was charged with conspiring to sell methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a public officer and synthetic cannabinoid possession. He was booked under a $21,000 bond.

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