The Botetourt County Sheriff’s office announced today that it raided a “substantial” methamphetamine lab over the weekend in the Springwood area.
Four people were taken into custody:
Wendell Lyle Childress, 38, and Connie Walker Rice, 44, both of Botetourt County, and Daniel Joseph Walker, 40, of Boones Mill, were arrested around 3 a.m. Saturday, when a search warrant was executed at a home on Cedar Lane, and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of precursors for manufacturing methamphetamine.
Childress was charged additionally with possession of firearms while manufacturing methamphetamine, the sheriff said.
Charles Patrick Sloan, 47, of Botetourt County, was arrested when a search warrant was executed at his residence and charged with possession of precursors for manufacturing methamphetamine, Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle said.
“The lab site was highly toxic and extremely dangerous because they were using the more traditional ‘Red P,’ or ‘Red Phosphorus,’ manufacturing method,” the sheriff said, adding that “our officers used aggressive investigation techniques in pursuing this group because of the accelerating growth of the meth epidemic in this area and the highly dangerous nature of the related production activities.”
Botetourt County investigators were assisted by a Virginia State Police tactical support team and a VSP laboratory support team.
All four persons charged were arraigned Monday in General District Court and face preliminary hearings on July 27.
Childress, Walker, and Sloan have been released under bond. Rice is being held in the Botetourt-Craig Counties Public Safety Facility.