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Police: Walmart shoplifting attempt leads to Bluff City man's meth lab

staff report • Apr 11, 2013 at 1:17 AM

A Bluff City man attempting to steal $2,000 in merchandise from a Bristol, Va., Walmart also faces drug charges, according to police, after a methamphetamine lab was found inside his vehicle.

The incident occurred Wednesday at the Walmart off of I-81's Exit 7. The Washington County, Va., Sheriff's Office reports Donald Wayne Russell, 51, of Hickory Tree Road, was caught during his shoplifting attempt, with police then searching his vehicle.

A one-pot meth lab was allegedly found during the search, along with additional items and ingredients to make the drug. Clandestine Laboratory Officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Abingdon Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration and Virginia State Police took part in the arrest and the processing of the lab.

Russell is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors and shoplifting.

He is being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon on a $12,000 secured bond.

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