One charged in Williamsburg meth lab

People enjoy tall ships from all over the world at Norfolk's Waterside.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) – Williamsburg Police made an arrest in the investigation of a meth lab Wednesday,  after receiving an anonymous tip last month.

Maj. Greg Riley with the Williamsburg Police Department said officers executed a search warrant on a home in the 200 block of Virginia Avenue. The search began around 10 a.m. and two people were in the home when officers arrived.

Riley said there was no need for any evacuations during the investigation, but a portion of the road was closed for about two hours and a person was detained for questioning.

Yson Kaela Hannah
Tyson Kaela Hanna

Around 5 p.m., 36-year-old Tyson Keala Hanna of Williamsburg was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, Riley said. He was taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

Investigators said they focused the investigation on the top apartment of the home and found evidence to support the charge. They have not charged anyone else from the apartment.

Despite the close proximity to the College of William and Mary, the people in the home were not students, Riley said.

William and Mary student Hannah Clarke said she woke up to the sound of police officers shouting at the apartment across the street: “I opened the blinds on my window and there were two giant Virginia State Police cars and maybe about 15 to 20 officers in bulletproof vests with guns. They went upstairs and brought some people out, so I wasn’t quite sure what to think was going on.”

Riley said the investigation began in mid-March. On Wednesday, the fire department as well as Virginia State Police were on hand to assist.

Neighbor Colleen Swingle said the situation made her feel uncomfortable: “I never saw anyone around there. I never smelled anything odd. It’s just a really quiet house.”

Stay with for more on this developing story.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s