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Sheriff: Wake Forest home used as drug lab; $4M of hallucinogens seized

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WAKE FOREST — Deputies seized an estimated $4 million of hallucinogenic drugs from a home in Wake Forest where officials say two men were operating a drug lab.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office said it searched the home at 505 Flaherty Ave. on Friday and found the hallucinogen, known as dimethyltrypamine or DMT. A press release said based on interview, deputies believe the suspects were inserting the drug into vape pens.

The sheriff's office said the Wake Forest drug lab was the third DMT lab found by law enforcement in North Carolina, and the release noted the find was one of the sheriff's office's "largest single-day drug busts."

Daniel Ray Hawkins, 33, and Benjamin Blake Lumpkin, 35, were both arrested by the sheriff's office's drug and vice unit during the search. A shotgun was also located in the home.

Both Hawkins and Lumpkin were charged with manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling place for a controlled substance, possession of precursor chemicals and possession of a firearm by a felon, the release said. They each have $835,000 secured bonds.

Hawkins has past convictions of DWI and misdemeanor drug possession. Lumpkin has been convicted of felony larceny and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.


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