Arrests made after meth lab, stolen guns found in Clayton home

Brian Michael Hoeger (Clayton Police)
Brian Michael Hoeger (Clayton Police)

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – A 24-year-old Clayton man has been charged after authorities found a meth lab in his home Thursday afternoon.

Brian Michael Hoeger, of Johnson Drive in Clayton is being held under $250,000 bond after authorities said officers found the meth lab along with stolen firearms, pills, marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, a marijuana plant and several mushrooms believed to be hallucinogenic.

Hoeger was charged with felony charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors to methamphetamine, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, trafficking opiates, manufacturing marijuana, conspiracy, and maintaining a dwelling.

He is also charged with a misdemeanor count for possessing drug paraphernalia, officials said.

Gregory Peter Johnson, 53, was charged with possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia found in his room at the same residence.

Clayton Police were assisted by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

Clayton Fire Department and Johnston County EMS were at the home to assist in the cleanup of the meth lab, officials said.

“We had them on standby because there are so many possibilities of what can occur when you’re dealing with a meth lab,” Clayton Police Chief R.W. Bridges said. “This is very unstable and dangerous material, and it’s definitely hazardous.”

It took crews nearly eight hours to clean up the home.

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