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Investigators have to wear special clothing and gloves to examine and dispose of the caustic chemical ingredients used in making methamphetamine.
Friday, September 27, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Rocky Mount man and his mother were arrested Tuesday night in connection with a police raid on a suspected methamphetamine lab.
Terry Shawn Hodges, 30, and Tammy Sue Jones-Smith, 50, are both charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, according to Lt. Todd Maxey with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
Acting on a tip, the sheriff's office began an investigation that led to the execution of a search warrant at a residence on Tripple Creek Road, Maxey said.
Investigators discovered ingredients commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine and bottles containing substances consistent with the one-pot method of manufacturing meth, Maxey said.
During the raid, the chemicals began to react, causing concern of a fire igniting inside the residence, Maxey said. Franklin County Public Safety responded to the scene as a precaution.
Hodges and Jones-Smith were inside the residence at the time of the raid, along with four other adults, Maxey said.
Agents with the Virginia State Police assisted in the raid, along with the Rocky Mount and Glade Hill volunteer fire departments and Franklin County Rescue Squad.
Hodges and Jones-Smith were being held without bond at press time Thursday.
This was the fifth raid on suspected methamphetamine labs in the county within the past 10 days, Maxey said. As the investigations are still active, details about the other four raids have not been released.
"This is another example of Sheriff Bill Overton's promise to aggresively combat drugs in Franklin County with a strong committment to resources, training and quick response," said Sgt. Tim Taylor with the sheriff's office drug unit.
Anyone with information about possible meth labs or other drug offenses is urged to contact the sheriff's office at 483-3000.