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Arrest is made after meth lab discovered / April 21, 2014

A Nathalie man, 25 year old Richard Dale Culley, was arrested last week and charged with the manufacture of methamphetamine, grand larceny and vandalism.

Culley was charged after the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department responded to a breaking and entering report that occurred at Johnsons’ Quik Shop on Acorn Road in Nathalie on Monday, April 14.

When Investigator C. S. Hudson responded to the break-in, he was advised by the manager that the front door had been kicked in and a case of Newport cigarettes and some loose change had been taken from the store.

During his investigation of the break-in, Hudson got a search warrant on Wednesday, April 16 for a home on Acorn Road that might be related to the break-in.

Accompanied by Investigator J. M. Burton, Deputies S. Britton and T. B. Sargent and members of the Halifax Regional Narcotics and Gang Task Force members, Hudson found indications that methamphetamines were being produced at the site.

With the search warrant in hand, members of the Virginia State Police’s Clandestine Lab Response Team was asked to respond to assist with the investigation. That team is made up of special agents from the Virginia State Police who have been trained through the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to recognize and dispose of meth labs. Evidence was collected from the home and appropriate measures were taken to render the place secure from all chemical hazards.

Special Agent R B. George obtained warrants for the manufacture of methamphetamines as well as two other warrants for felony child neglect. The Halifax County Department of Social Services was also notified and made aware of the environment that children in the home had been exposed to.

Both Clark and George expressed concerns about the manufacture of methamphetamines, which seem to be making its way into rural areas. George explained the risk of such operations, saying that meth production involves the mixing of various chemicals that present inhalation hazards, chemical burns and the risk of explosions.

Culley is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond, the Sheriff said.

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