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Police seek help locating suspect in meth production / January 23, 2020
South Boston Police are appealing for the public’s help in finding a suspect who has been charged with production of methamphetamine at a Crescent Drive residence.

The discovery of the suspected meth lab came during a nighttime call early Saturday morning when officers responded to a domestic disturbance at the 400 block of Crescent Drive. There, they found a 47-year-old woman who had suffered a wound to the head.

During their investigation of the dispute, which was called in at 4 a.m., officers spotted what appeared to be items used to manufacture methamphetamines.

The South Boston Regional Narcotics and Gang Task Force, assisted by the Virginia State Police Clandestine Lab Team, seized what authorities believe to be toxic and dangerous items used to make methamphetamine. As a precaution, the South Boston Fire Department was called in to secure the scene.

South Boston Officer W.K. Bane filed a charge of assault and battery of a family member against 48-year-old Willie Edward Howell Jr. and also obtained a protective order against Howell.

Howell also faces two outstanding felony warrants of production and possession of methamphetamine.

The police department is currently seeking the whereabouts of Willie Edward Howell Jr. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the South Boston Police Department at 434-575-4273 or the Halifax County Crime Line at 434-476-8445.

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