Arrest made in Southampton County meth bust

Published 2:32 pm Friday, July 31, 2015

Authorities have made an arrest in connection with Thursday afternoon’s methamphetamine bust near Boykins. Mitchell Thomas Lowe, of 30437 Tuckers Drive, was taken into custody after deputies found 64 cooked bottles of crystal meth inside a Boykins Manor mobile home, which is owned by a family member. The 33-year-old Lowe faces charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of two or more precursor chemicals/ingredients, or meth paraphernalia, with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and violation of probation.



The discovery happened when a conversation between Lowe’s probation officer and the homeowner revealed that narcotics may have been inside the home.

The Southampton County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene and found the one-pot “shake and bake” cooking apparatuses while conducting a consented search of the home. A search warrant was obtained, and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Virginia State Police were brought on-site to assist.

Some of the items collected at the scene were aforementioned bottles, liquid samples, plastic tubing, burnt aluminum foil and suspected methamphetamine residue.

Lowe, who was not home at the time of the visit, was arrested in 2012 for possession of morphine and again in 2013 for possession of methadone. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and eight years probation; however, all but three months were suspended.

While in prison, Lowe was found in possession of an unlawful chemical, and was sentenced to two years in prison to run consecutively with his previous punishment and an additional three years probation. All but two months of prison time were suspended, and he served five months total.

Lowe is being held at the Southampton County Jail without bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at Southampton County General District Court.