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.
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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.