Deputies arrested five people and seized two meth labs during three raids Monday night and into Tuesday morning.
Sheriff Fred Newman said the search warrants were executed on Dennison Drive, Bordwine Road and Calla Drive. He said the five arrested face a total of 19 felonies and one misdemeanor.
At the Dennison Drive location, deputies located an active meth lab. During the initial entry, the suspects attempted to dispose of the evidence and, as a result, set fire to the outside of the residence. They also attempted to flee the scene. One was apprehended by deputies and another was apprehended by Sheriff’s K-9, Blitz. Law enforcement members present at the scene were able to extinguish the blaze.
Dustin Jerrod Huffman, 21, of Bristol, Va., was charged with possessing precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of firearm while in possession of methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine.
Thomas Matthew Rhoten, 31, of Abingdon, was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of firearms while in possession of methamphetamine and obstruction of justice.
Rhoten and Huffman are both being held without bond at the Abingdon Southwest Virginia Regional Jail facility.
Nicky Sue Snead, 20, of Abingdon, was charged with possession of precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. She is being held at the jail on a $3,000 secured bond.
Two other search warrants were executed simultaneously at the Bordwine Road and Calla Drive, where law enforcement personnel located another active meth lab.
Lacy Leo Rogers, 41, and Sarah Viola Rogers, 50, both of Abingdon, were each charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.
Both are being held without bond at the regional jail.
“The time involved in the planning and execution of search warrants in these types of operations is extremely time consuming,” stated Sheriff Fred Newman. “This cooperative effort is a true testament to the abilities and willingness of the officers and their respective agencies.
Assisting Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office were the Abingdon Police Department, the Bristol Virginia Police Department, the Virginia State Police and the DEA.