Man and woman arrested after York vehicle crash leads to meth lab investigation

Photo Credit: Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail
Photo Credit: Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail

YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – An accident scene turned into a meth lab investigation in York County Thursday morning.

At about 7:05 a.m., York-Poquoson Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-vehicle crash in the 8000 block of Route 17. On scene, deputies smelled something coming from one of the vehicles involved in the accident that was consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Deputies secured the scene and requested assistance from the York County Fire and Life Safety Hazmat team and the Tri-Rivers Narcotics Task Force.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies found meth, items and chemicals used to make meth, containers actively cooking meth, a syringe and a small amount of marijuana.

One deputy on scene was taken to the hospital for exposure to chemical fumes while at the scene. He’s expected to be OK.

27-year-old Jennifer D. Kendrick, of the 9400 block of Selby Place in Norfolk, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine. She is being held without bond at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

On Friday, a man who was driving the vehicle was also arrested. 37-year-old Robert C. Copley, Jr. of the 9000 block of Richmond Road, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

Authorities from several agencies — including the James City County Police Department, the James City County Fire Department, the Tri-Rivers Drug Task Force, Virginia State Police, Newport News Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management — searched a home at 7789 Richmond Road.

The residence is near Toano Middle School on Richmond Road, but police say students and staff were not in danger at any time.

JCC police say the search was connected to the crash and meth lab investigation.