Neighbors React to Meth Lab Bust in Waynesboro

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

WAYNESBORO, Va.--- Waynesboro Police Department arrested two people following meth lab bust on Tuesday afternoon.

38-year-old April Riddle and 23-year-old Jesse Balin have been charged with the manufacturing of meth. They are being held at Middle River Regional Jail without bond.

The Waynesboro Police Department raided the home located at 682 block of Sherwood Avenue, shutting down the road for more than five hours.

At the time of the raid, police detained five people from the home.

Sergeant Brian Edwards said an officer found hazardous material in the house, which could be very dangerous in a residential area.

"There have been times that the way a meth lab has been found is that there has been an explosion," said Edwards.

He said the Virginia State Police Clandestine Lab and the Waynesboro Police Department decontaminated the house and collected materials for the criminal investigation.

According to Edwards, this is the third meth lab in Waynesboro this year.

"We know that methamphetamine is in Waynesboro. We know that is being manufactured in Waynesboro. We know that is being sold and used in Waynesboro. We are just in the process of agressively tracking it down," said Edwards.

Staci Anthony who lives on Sherwood Avenue said she is surprised it happened in her backyard.

" It's pretty scary, considering I have a two-year-old. Anything could happen and if something happened to him i wouldn't know what to do," said Anthony.

However, she said she is not surprised it happened at that home.

"The cops are there all the time, for domestics, fights you name it. They are there all the time," said Anthony.

The case still remains under investigation. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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