State police bust meth lab on Eastport Road in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia State Police busted a meth lab at a house in the 6300 block of Eastport Road in Virginia Beach Thursday morning.

State police were assisted by the DEA, Homeland Security Investigations, Virginia Beach police and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. It was a large police presence that rattled and confused many neighbors, who describe the area as quiet.

“I woke up, I saw this morning and I looked out our front window and saw a truck go by with blue flashing lights and I thought that was kind of odd,” said Stephen Almendinger, who lives on the street. “So I looked at it and it looked like a SWAT vehicle. I was like, that’s very suspicious.”

There were several people at the residence at the time the search warrant was executed, but no arrests had been made.

Throughout the morning, investigators wore hazmat suits, face masks and breathing equipment as they went through the house and a backyard shed. They wrapped up the investigation around 12:30 Thursday afternoon. Police say they recovered a meth lab.

Almendinger, like other neighbors, told 10 On Your Side he never suspected anything illicit was happening inside the home. He believed one older man owned the home, but several younger adults frequently stopped by.

10 On Your Side also spoke with a man who identified himself as the homeowner’s brother. He told us his brother is sick and he thinks he may have been taken advantage of by being too nice to the wrong people. WAVY News tried to knock on the door after the scene cleared. A woman who identified herself as the homeowner’s daughter-in-law did not answer any questions.

As part of the investigation, about five people were detained outside the home. However, police say no arrests have been made.

The investigation remains ongoing. Charges are pending.