Saturday, December 01, 2012
5 face charges in Christiansburg meth operation
Five people were arrested in Christiansburg on a total of 31 felony charges, police said.
David T. Mitchem
Ricky D. Joyce
Brian J. Smith
Investigators raided a Christiansburg apartment early Friday morning after a tip about a methamphetamine operation.
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Capt. Brian Wright said officers from the sheriff's office, Christiansburg Police Department, Blacksburg Police Department Street Crimes Unit and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration conducted an investigation into an apartment in the Christiansburg Bluff apartment complex on Republic Road after receiving "information regarding the manufacturing of methamphetamine."
Officers obtained a search warrant based on observations made during their investigation. Police arrived at the apartment at 12:36 a.m. and found four portable "shake and bake"-style labs, two of which were determined to be active, Wright said.
With "shake and bake"-style labs, Wright said the manufacturer typically will use two-liter soda bottles to mix the chemicals (shake) and will let the bottle sit for a period of time as the meth is collected (bake).
Officers remained at the apartment complex until about 5 a.m., Wright said.
Two children, ages 7 and 9, were located within the apartment and have been placed with the Department of Social Services, according to a sheriff's office news release.
Five people were arrested on a total of 31 felony charges, including manufacturing meth, felony child endangerment, manufacturing meth with a child present, possession of meth, possession of meth precursors, and conspiracy to manufacture meth and possess meth precursors.
David T. Mitchem, 25, of Christiansburg; Ricky D. Joyce, 39, of Christiansburg; Brian J. Smith, 29, of Christiansburg; Rebecca Farley, 28, of Riner; and Tosha Farley, 25, of Christiansburg are being held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail.
The building that contained the apartment unit was evacuated because of the proximity of the labs to the unit's heating and cooling ducts. Wright said Friday morning that the building had reopened.
Residents and a worker at Christiansburg Bluff apartments declined to comment Friday morning.