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Courtesy Photo: Officers and public safety officials dressed in protective gear decontaminate the scene of a meth lab found underneath the porch of a residence on Long Ridge Lane in Rocky Mount last week.
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Friday, June 13, 2014

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount man was charged with two felony drug counts after deputies responded to a domestic call at a Long Ridge Lane residence last week.

Michael Wayne Cassell Jr., 33, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, according to Cpl. S.E. Richardson with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Cassell is also charged with assault and battery, domestic assault and two counts of petit larceny, Richardson said. The misdemeanor larceny charges are connected to jewelry thefts from two separate individuals.

Deputies responded to a report of a fight in progress at the residence about 9 p.m. on June 4, Richardson said. When they arrived, deputies learned that the suspect (Cassell) was wanted in Roanoke County for allegedly eluding police.

Cassell was arrested on the outstanding warrant, and during the course of the investigation, deputies discovered a meth lab underneath the front porch of the residence, Richardson said. They seized equipment and ingredients consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The Virginia State Police and Franklin County Public Safety assisted with the cleanup and decontamination of the scene.

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