The Waynesboro Police Department has arrested a Waynesboro man after a search warrant at his residence revealed a lab for making methamphetamine. Coty Grey Johnson, 24 years old, faces four felony charges involved with the operation of a meth lab.
On July 18, an officer responded to a call for service in the 700 block of 14 speaking with several individuals including Johnson about the theft, the officer determined there was evidence of possible drug use and manufacturing at the residence, 701 14 is a duplex.
Officers and the Virginia State Police's Clandestine Lab Team returned to the residence with a search warrant and seized several items including a meth oil, packaging, and other items used in the manufacture and distribution of meth.
There were also three small children (aged one year, three years and five years) in the residence; all of whom were Johnson's. Johnson has been charged with one count of manufacturing of schedule I or II drug and three counts of knowingly allow a minor under the age of 15 to be present in a dwelling during the manufacture of methamphetamine. For each of the latter charges, Johnson faces the possibility of imprisonment for not less than 10 or more than 40 years, pursuant to §18.2-248.02 of the Code of Virginia.
He is being held without bond at MRRJ.
The children's mother was present but doesn't presently face any charges. In addition to the Waynesboro Police Department, Virginia State Police, the Waynesboro Fire Department and the Waynesboro First Aid Crew, Child Protective Services responded to the scene and placed all of the children in the care of family member of the mother. The VSP Clandestine Lab Team deemed the home uninhabitable until further notice.
Additional charges are pending.
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