Waynesboro police are opening up about a dangerous and expensive situation. Two people are in jail after a tricky cleanup operation at a home suspected of being a meth lab.
Virginia State Police, Waynesboro officers, firefighters and a SWAT team blocked off traffic for about six hours Tuesday night. Officers say they're relieved they uncovered the materials before someone got hurt. But even though no one was, this would make the third lab uncovered in the past six months in the city - and the busts come with a price tag.
Police charged 38-year-old April Riddle and 23-year-old Jesse Balin with making meth after serving a warrant and collecting evidence at the home on Sherwood Avenue. Balin lived in the home, and investigators had targeted Riddle for some time because they suspected her involvement in drugs.
Although no fires, explosions or other accidents took place, police say this still hurts the city's economy.
"We're already looking at about $10,000 that the city's had to pony up for these meth labs, so they're dangerous, they manufacture an insidious drug, sell it, but then the cost of cleaning it up is a big burden on taxpayers," said Sergeant Brian Edwards with the Waynesboro Police Department.
Police say they also found drugs in the home, but are sending them off to a lab in Roanoke for more precise measurements and confirmation.
If convicted, Riddle and Balin could face 10 to 40 years in prison, in addition to steep fines.
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