Deputies find meth lab in home of North Carolina teacher and her husband

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Friday, May 15, 2015
Lori Riley Whitley and her husband Gary Nelson Whitley Jr. (images courtesy Johnston County Sheriff's Office)
Lori Riley Whitley and her husband Gary Nelson Whitley Jr. (images courtesy Johnston County Sheriff's Office)

ZEBULON, NC -- A Wake County teacher and her husband face charges after deputies allegedly found a methamphetamine lab in their northern Johnston County home.

Lori Riley Whitley, 38, and her husband, Gary Nelson Whitley Jr., 41, both of the 100-block of Big Branch Court in Zebulon, were arrested after a search warrant was served at the residence early Friday morning.

An 8 year-old child was also found in the home. The child was turned over to the custody of the Department of Social Services.

The couple is looking at a combined total of a dozen charges - including manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, and child abuse.

A Wake County Public Schools spokesperson said Lori Whitley has been a third grade teacher at Wendell Elementary School since 2002. She's been suspended with pay. The school district is conducting its own investigation.

Bond for Gary Whitley was set at $207,500. Lori Whitley was incarcerated under a $157,500 bond.

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