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Meth charges filed
Christopher Ray Richardson
Thursday, May 22, 2014
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
Felony drug charges were filed against a local man after authorities found an illegal drug allegedly being made at his residence, according to Martinsville police.
Christopher Ray Richardson, 35, was charged with one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing two or more precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and knowingly allowing a minor under the age of 15 to be present in a dwelling during the manufacture or attempted manufacture of methamphetamine, a Martinsville Police Department release showed.
Richardson is being held without bond, the release stated.
According to the release, Martinsville police on Tuesday executed a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of Roselawn Heights, Martinsville, in reference to the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine.
Police Chief Sean Dunn declined to identify the exact location of the home.
The search warrant, executed at around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, came about “as a result of a fairly substantial narcotics investigation, components of which are continuing,” Dunn said.
As the search warrant was executed, Dunn said, police allegedly discovered meth being made “in multiple containers.”
“Suspected (meth) residue” also was recovered along with what was being manufactured, he added.
In addition, as the residence was searched, numerous items of evidence that are known “precursors” — ingredients — in making methamphetamine were collected, the release stated.
The collected items will be submitted to the state Department of Forensic Science Western Laboratory in Roanoke for analysis, the release continued.
A 4-year-old child was found at the residence as the warrant was executed, Dunn said. He noted that Richardson lived there with a child of that age.
The child was placed in the custody of Henry-Martinsville Social Services’ Child Protective Services unit and then “turned over to a responsible relative,” Dunn said.
Another male adult and two female adults were at the residence while the warrant was being executed, Dunn said.
No additional charges have been filed in the investigation, which is continuing, the chief added.
Because hazardous materials used to manufacture meth were found, the residence has been condemned by the city inspections department, the release showed.
City Fire Marshal/Building Official Ted Anderson said officials felt the need to condemn the house because chemicals used in making meth are “extremely dangerous and hazardous to people’s health.”
Anderson did not know who owns the house. However, he said it will be up to the owner to hire specialists to inspect the house and determine what, if anything, needs to be done to eliminate any health hazards resulting from meth being made there, as well as to get that work done.
Once the house is certified as being free of health hazards, the city will remove the condemnation, Anderson said.
“Until then,” he said, “nobody (residents) can go in the house. If they do, they’ll be arrested.”
Along with social services, the Martinsville Fire & EMS Department, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Emergency Management Hazardous Materials Response Unit, Air Care 3 helicopter and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville-Henry County assisted city police as the warrant was executed.