Four arrested in meth lab bust

Published 11:31 am Thursday, March 1, 2012

Authorities prepare to decontaminate a garage and two homes at Midway Trailer Park, where three meth labs were discovered this morning. KATE ARCHER/TIDEWATER NEWS




COURTLAND—Authorities arrested four people after busting a suspected meth lab in a Courtland trailer park on Thursday.

Charged with manufacturing the drug in Southampton County’s first-ever meth lab bust were Crystal Drake, 28, and Johnny Ray Chapman, 47, both of Courtland, said Major Gene Drewery with the Sheriff’s Office.

Also arrested during the raid, but not charged with the meth operation were Emmanuel Colendrino, 43, address unknown, and Shelton H. Cobb, 47, of Courtland. Colendrino is wanted in Sussex County and Cobb in Isle of Wight County, both on contempt of court charges.

Fifty officers at 9 a.m. raided the labs at Midway Trailer Park at Old Bridge and Jerusalem roads following an undercover investigation that lasted several months, Drewery said. No one resisted arrest.

It’s believed the meth was being manufactured in a garage at the trailer park and inside two trailers, he said.

Police found three grams of meth and items needed to produce the illegal drug. They charged Drake and Chapman because it was in their trailer that most of the manufacturing materials were found, Drewery said.

Drake was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and failing to pay support. Chapman was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Also involved in the raid were Meherrin Task Force, Virginia State Police, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Virginia Marine Resource Commission.

Search warrants for manufacturing and selling methamphetamine were served at three separate Jerusalem Road addresses, Drewery said.

Because of the volatile nature of the methamphetamine manufacturing process and the potential hazardous exposure, the DEA’s Clandestine Lab Eradication Team and Virginia State Police Tactical Team served the warrants.