4 arrested in Accomack meth lab bust

ACCOMACK, Va. (WAVY) – A joint investigation conducted by the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force and the Accomack Sheriff’s Office led to the discovery of a meth lab and the arrest of four Accomack County residents Friday, the first of its kind involving Accomack County residents.

Investigators charged William Allen Williams and Joanna Stickland, of Nelsonia, with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, and manufacturing methamphetamine with a child under 15 present. Two others, Victor Manuel Garced and Christian Hope Hemphill, were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

According to a news release from the Accomack Sheriff’s office, members of the Virginia State Police Clandestine Lab Team executed two search warrants at residences in the area of Garagatha Landing Road just south of Nelsonia Friday.

Specially trained members of the Virginia State Police and the DEA performed the searches and were assisted by the Eastern Shore HAZMAT response team, according to the release.

The Accomack Department of Building and Zoning condemned the home at 17394 Music Circle following the raids.

William Williams, Joanna Strickland and Victor Garced were denied bond and are being held at Accomack County Jail. Christian Hemphill is being held on a $10,000 secured bond.

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office-Criminal Enforcement Team and  the Accomack County Department of Social Services also assisted in the investigation.

Accomack Sheriff Todd Godwin is urging anyone with information related to any additional methamphetamine labs or drug information to call the Sheriff’s Office at 757-787-1131 or the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force at 757-414-0746.

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