An 18-year-old and a 26-year-old are being held without bond, awaiting a Monday court date on drug charges.
Police on Thursday searched a Poor Valley home and seized a red phosphorus methamphetamine lab, charging the man and woman with a number of felony drug charges.
According to the federal government, red phosphorus, often obtained from matches, is combined with iodine to produce hydriodic acid. Hydriodic acid is used to convert pseudoephedrine to methamphetamine.
Sheriff Fred Newman said the Saltville home was searched Oct. 27, in the early morning.
Dustin Trent Snead, the 18-year-old, of the home, was charged with possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of Schedule I or II controlled substance.
The 26-year-old, Melanie Hope Widener, of Glade Spring, was charged with the same. Both are being held without bond at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon.
“Ironically,” Newman said, “Widener was out on bond for methamphetamine related charges at the time this arrest.”
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was joined in the search by the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office, Glade Spring Police Department, Abingdon Police Department, Virginia State Police and the DEA.