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Authorities Investigate First "Meth Lab" In Accomack County

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ACCOMACK CO., Va. - The Accomack County Sheriff's Office is reporting the first "meth lab" investigation involving a resident of Accomack County.

According to reports, on February 14th, members of the Virginia State Police Clandestine Lab Team executed two search warrants located in Accomack County as a result of a joint investigation conducted by the Accomack County Sheriff's Office and Eastern Shore Drug Task Force.  Authorities say specially equipped and trained members of the Virginia State Police and Drug Enforcement Administration searched and processed two residences located in the immediate area of Gargatha Landing Road just south of Nelsonia, Virginia.  The Eastern Shore Haz-Mat response team, Virginia Department of Emergency Management Services, and the Bloxom Fire Department reportedly assisted with the investigation.

Reports say the residence located at 17394 Music Circle was condemned by Accomack County Department of Building and Zoning following the completion of the search warrant. Four individuals were reportedly arrested as a result of this investigation.  William Allen Williams and Joanna Strickland of Nelsonia were both reportedly charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacture methamphetamine and manufacture methamphetamine with a child under 15 present in the dwelling.  Victor Manuel Garced and Christian Hope Hemphill were both reportedly charged with conspiracy to distribute  methamphetamine.  Authorities say Williams, Strickland and Garced were all held with bond denied.  Hemphill was reportedly held on a $10,000.00 secured bond.

Reports say methamphetamine is created utilizing chemicals derived from common household items that can be purchased from local merchants in addition to over the counter medicines that contain pseudoephedrine.  The process reportedly involves chemical reactions that create toxic fumes that can ignite and/or explode and are extremely hazardous when inhaled.  Authorities say no injuries have been reported in relation to this particular investigation.

Anyone with information related to any additional methamphetamine labs or other drug information to contact his office at 757-787-1131 or the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force at 757-414-0746.  Any information you provide will remain confidential.

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