Domestic disturbance leads officers to meth lab

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Police have charged a woman after a methamphetamine manufacturing operation was discovered in Norfolk Monday.

Officer Daniel Hudson with the Norfolk Police Department said officers were called to a home in the 8800 block of Plymouth Street around 12:15 a.m. for a domestic disturbance. When they arrived, officers found materials consistent with manufacturing meth, Hudson said.

Norfolk Police Narcotics Detectives, Norfolk Fire and Rescue, the DEA and Virginia State Police all responded to the scene.

Joan Noble (Photo courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriff's Office)
Joan Noble (Photo courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)

After an investigation, Hudson said 56-year-old Joan I. Noble of Plymouth Street was detained and charged with three felony offenses: manufacturing methamphetamines, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of two or more substances with the intent to manufacture methamphetamines. She was also charged with one misdemeanor — possession of marijuana.

10 On Your Side spoke with Noble’s daughter, Victoria Noble, who said she called police when things got physical between her mother and herself.

“She pushed me backwards, almost onto the couch. She scratched me,” Noble said. “Mom started drinking tequila, like always. She got a little drunk and went screaming outside that I was trying to kill her. I was trying to help her.”

Victoria Noble works nights, but said she’s noticed a change in her mother lately, and roommate Tenisha Dixon agrees.

“She started treating me real bad, made me stay in my room, a whole bunch of drugs everywhere, weird smells in the house, smoke everywhere, a whole bunch of people running in and out of the house,” Dixon said.

When officers arrived at the house, Noble said they immediately detained her mother: “There were drugs in the house, there was weed in the house,” she said.

Noble told WAVY.com the whole situation is “sad.”

“I know it’s my Mom, and I feel really bad about what’s happened. I don’t know when, if I’ll ever see her again, but maybe she’ll get some help, she’ll sober up, clean up — no cigarettes, no smoking of any kind, no alcohol, no meth, nothing. The whole purpose for her starting it is because she couldn’t pay her bills,” Noble said.

Noble is being held in the Norfolk City Jail without bond. No injuries were reported in connection with the incident.

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