JCC police investigate possible meth labs

Sean Copley, Robert Copley Jr. (Photos: Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Three people were taken into custody Wednesday night after police discovered possible meth labs in James City County.

Sean Copley, Robert Copley Jr. (Photos: Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

According to police, a SWAT unit was helping the Tri-Rivers Drug Task Force with a search warrant. Court documents show agents were doing surveillance on a house on Tanbark Lane and saw 36-year-old Sean Copley making suspected meth on the property. 43-year-old Byron Davis then arrived, according to the paperwork.

Court documents show Copley told agents the cook was “pretty much complete” and that there was probably up to one and a half grams of meth in the shed.

Copley said he does not sell the drug, but “has a group of approximately five people that purchase Sudafed for him based on a fabricated story that he broke his nose and needs more each month than he is allowed to purchase,” the paperwork said.

Police said Robert Copley Jr. pulled up to the house in a car, then drove off after seeing officers. According to police, they stopped the car in the Farm Fresh parking lot on Norge Lane and took him into custody on a warrant from out of town.

Sean Copley and Byron Davis were charged with possession and manufacture of meth. Davis was released from the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail Thursday, according to a representative there.

Walter Thon noticed the activity in the neighborhood Wednesday night.

“We saw slow-moving cars in here, followed by a state trooper…I had no idea there would be drugs in here. It’s unusual for this. This is the quietest neighborhood,” he said.

A shed at the home and the car were found to contain byproducts consistent with the production of methamphetamines, according to police.

Virginia State Police as well as James City County fire crews assisted police Wednesday night.

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