Residential burglary tip leads to meth lab discovery

Jason Meade and Whitney Renee Marciniakl (Photos by New Kent County Sheriff's Office)

NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A residential burglary tip in New Kent County led deputies to a meth lab Monday morning.

Around 8 a.m., a citizen saw suspicious people and a vehicle in the 1100 block of Newtown Road and contacted the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office. When deputies arrived, they discovered a residence had been entered, according to Sheriff Howard.

The suspects were seen in the area, and deputies tried to make contact, but a short foot chase ensued. Howard said the deputies were able to apprehend 25-year-old Jason Meade and 23-year-old Whitney Marciniak.

Meade was charged with two counts burglary, two counts petty larceny, two counts destruction of property and one count possession of burglary tools. Marciniak was charged with two counts burglary, two counts petty larceny, possession of burglary tools, destruction of property, entering property to damage and driving with a suspended operator’s license.

“[The sheriff’s] office did have suspect and suspect vehicle information prior to yesterday’s events, but the call from the citizen allowed the immediate opportunity for contact with the suspects, and this contact proved extremely beneficial and broadened the parameters of the ongoing investigation,” Howard said in a press release Tuesday.

During a follow-up investigation, a search warrant was executed for stolen property and illegal narcotics at Meade’s residence on Hopewell Road around 12:20 p.m. Officials determined there was a meth lab and small marijuana grow operation inside the trailer.

Nathaniel Atkins, 23, was arrested at the scene of the search warrant and charged with possession of heroin, Howard said.

Neighboring trailers were evacuated for about two hours, while the scene was investigated and cleared.

Howard said the New Kent Commonwealth’s Attorney may submit additional charges to the County Grand Jury.

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