Wednesday, 12 June 2019 16:43

Woman facing meth-related charges in Richmond, Scotland counties

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ROCKINGHAM — A woman recently convicted of having key ingredients to make methamphetamine is facing similar charges in two counties.

Victoria Raquel Clayton, 36, was booked into the Richmond County Jail on Tuesday afternoon, charged with possession of pseudoephedrine having a prior meth conviction.

State law prohibits the possession of the sinus medication, a main ingredient used to make meth, for anyone convicted of meth-related charges.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Clayton received an 18-month suspended sentence on April 5 after being convicted of two counts of possession of a precursor with intent to manufacture meth.

Clayton was arrested nearly a year ago and charged with having several precursors with children around, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Online court records show she is also currently facing felony charges of: manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of a precursor with intent to manufacture methamphetamine in Richmond County, as well as felony probation violation.

Those charges were filed by the sheriff’s office and the Division of Community Corrections.

Clayton is also charged in Scotland County with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, and misdemeanor charges of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as possession of stolen goods or property.

Records show the Rockingham Police Department has also cited her for driving with no insurance and having a fictitious or altered title, registration card or tag.

Jail records show she is being held without bond for failure to appear on a misdemeanor and was given a $5,000 secured bond on the precursor charge.

She is scheduled to appear in court: June 14 for the FTA charge; June 26 for the Scotland County charges; June 27 for the Richmond County pseudoephedrine charge; July 18 for the traffic infractions; and Aug. 5 on the manufacturing, precursor and probation violation charges.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

More than 65 individuals have been indicted on federal charges for their role in making meth in Richmond County since 2014.