Five People are Arrested and Facing Felony Charges in Meth Lab Bust
WAYNESBORO -- Police officers made five arrests in a methamphetamine lab bust after the department's SWAT team and WASSP (Waynesboro, Augusta, Staunton and State Police) regional drug task force executed a search warrant. On Monday, nearly 20 officers raided a residence on 304 Essex Ave as the culmination of an ongoing investigation.
After the SWAT team cleared the house of suspects, the Virginia State Police Clandestine Lab clean up team, aided by the Waynesboro Fire Department, decontaminated the suspects and inspected the house for potential hazardous materials.
Investigators seized several ingredients and equipment that are used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The task force then conducted a search and found an undetermined amount of methamphetamine.
The scene was eventually cleared around 1 a.m.
All five people are charged with two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. They are being held at Middle River Regional Jail on various bonds.
You can click through the mugshots in the slide show above.
Two teenagers, ages 14 and 17, were also present but not charged. Child Protective Services was contacted and is investigating any possible child endangerment violations.
Wood Stove Causes Fire That Destroys Family's Home
A family of four lost its home, after a fire burned down the home on Tuesday.
Wilson Volunteer Fire Company Chief Bobby Mays said the fire at 127 Rising Sun Lane started in the wood stove in the garage around 2 p.m.
As of 10 p.m., crews from Wilson Volunteer Fire Department were still at the home trying to keep the fire under control. They had to return because the wind was making it hard for it to stop.
Garrett Thomas who lived at the home said he can't believe his home is gone.
"It just feels like your world just crashed and burned, you have something and just mother nature or something freak takes it away from you," said Thomas.
According to Mays. the home is total loss, which is around $200,000.
"The material things, I can regain those as times goes on. But the animals is what means a lot to me and making sure everyone else was out and wasn't here," said Thomas.
None of the four people who lived in the home were there, however, the pets were. Most of them made it out safe, but one cat didn't make it.
Thomas said he's grateful for those that are still by his side.
"Some things we had we will never get to regain that we had in there. But we have each other and we have family yet," said Thomas.
The family had not lived here for a long time. Thomas said he bought the home four years ago.
"I enjoyed it being here and I was happy with what I had but that's gone for now," said Thomas.
This homeowner plans to rebuild some day.
"It's gonna be a struggle but I'll fight with everything I can fight to get it back," said Thomas.
Thomas said he has insurance and the company will provide a hotel room for Tuesday night. He is not certain what will happen next.
Neighbor Reacts to Meth Lab Found Near His Home
Law enforcement arrested five people on meth charges on Monday.
Waynesboro Police Department Sgt. Brian Edwards said the suspects were using a home at 304 Essex Avenue as a meth lab.
The SWAT team and WASSP (Waynesboro, Augusta, Staunton and State Police) regional task force found ingredients and equipment for making the drug.
Edwards said the task force found meth oil, which is a raw form of the drug.
Robin Lee Brown recently moved to the area said he didn't expect this.
"I'm kinda shocked honestly like I said I thought it was a pretty quiet neighborhood. I didn't realize there was this kinda thing going on here," said Brown.
According to Brown, people who are involved in meth labs could bring other types of crimes to the neighborhood.
It could cost up to $2,500 to the City of Waynesboro to dismantle the lab and to get rid of the chemicals. Taxpayers in Waynesboro would be responsible for paying for it.