HARRISONBURG, Va. -- It's something you'd expect to see in a scene from the Emmy Award winning series Breaking Bad, but mobile meth labs are a real life drama that's becoming an increasing problem in the Valley.
"It's reality, that's exactly what we're dealing with on the street. Probably not to that extreme with that TV series, because again you have to understand that is a TV Program," said Mark Campbell, who is a special agent with the RUSH Drug Task Force.
Thursday afternoon, police got a phone call about a domestic dispute in a parking lot on South High Street.
"Once they arrived, witnesses had pointed them in the direction of a red bag, that was discovered to be containing a mobile meth lab," said Public Information Officer Mary-Hope Vass.
In nearly three months, the RUSH Drug Task Force has seen an increase in mobile meth labs.
"We're up in the twenties on the clandestine meth labs that we've been responding to in and around Harrisonburg, Rockingham, Page County, Shenandoah, Orange, within the division for the state police," said Campbell.
The problem he says is that the ingredients are widely available and sold in most stores.
" We fight constantly with changing the laws through the legislatures, you know the recipes that they come up with," said Campbell.
He says drugs come in cycles and right now the task force is on the look out for meth labs cooking in cars.
"We are just going to see an increase for a while. We are aware of it, we maintain the team. It's a 24 hours, 7 days a week response protocol for us," said Campbell.
Harrisonburg Police Department (HPD) has charged Shane Crites with domestic assault and battery. Meth charges are pending for him.
The name of the woman he was with has not been released. She could also face charges for Meth.
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