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Yuma couple facing meth, child neglect charges

April 21st, 2014 10:57 pm by Wes Bunch

Yuma couple facing meth, child neglect charges

A technician works at the site of an alleged meth lab in Yuma on Monday. Photo by David Grace.

WEBER CITY — A Southwest Virginia couple are facing felony drug and child neglect charges after Scott County authorities allegedly discovered a methamphetamine lab inside their home.

The lab was reportedly found by the Scott County Sheriff's Office shortly before noon Monday at a residence located at 1509 Yuma Road. Members of the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force also assisted on the call.

Authorities did not immediately release the names of the man and woman who live at the address.

As a result of the find, charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and child neglect are currently pending against the couple, Scott County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigator Chris Holder said.

A 3-year-old was also removed from the home by the Scott County Department of Social Services, Holder said.

The Scott County Sheriff's Office made the initial discovery around noon after Holder and Det. Robbie Davis knocked on the door of the residence and asked a woman living there if they could conduct a search.

The woman's husband was reportedly at work when authorities arrived.

Investigators said the search yielded a fully constructed meth lab, which was found set up in a back room and kitchen of the home.

Three old cooks, as well as three gas generators, were said to be located inside the residence.

A one pot lab was also reportedly found.

"This wasn't the first time they had cooked," Holder said.

The components of the lab — including Coleman fuel, drain cleaner and batteries — were reportedly located within the child's reach.

The child was reportedly taken to a local hospital by Scott County DSS for a checkup before being cleared by doctors.

Members of the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force donned hazardous materials suits to break down the lab and remove the components from the property.

Holder said that evidence gathered from the home will be sent off for forensic analysis.

The case is expected to be presented to a grand jury once those results are known.

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