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Orange County Man Arrested after Camper Found to House Meth Lab

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David Gene Thorsted David Gene Thorsted
Evidence seized from camper. Evidence seized from camper.
Evidence seized from camper. Evidence seized from camper.

UPDATED Orange County Sheriff's Office Press Release:

On 10/1/13 the Orange County Sheriff's Office received information on the location of David G. Thorsted.  Mr. Thorsted was arrested without incident in Spotsylvania Co. Mr. Thorsted was arrested on the charges stemming from the earlier press release involving the meth lab.

Original Press Release:

On Monday September 30, 2013 the Orange County Sheriff's Office executed an eviction notice in the Rhoadesville area of Orange County.  While surveying the property, deputies noticed a camper trailer that  appeared suspicious. When the resident realized the deputies had  noticed his camper he walked away.

After further investigation they  were able to determine that the camper trailer was being used as a  meth lab. At that point Investigators from the Orange Co. Sheriff's  Office, the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force and the VA State  Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations were called in to assist in  collecting evidence and the cleanup of hazardous materials. K-9 units  from Culpeper Co. Sheriff's Office along with VA State Police were  called to attempt to locate the suspect, David Gene Thorsted. Units  searched for the suspect for several hours but were unsuccessful in locating him.

As a result of the search of the property, the Blue Ridge Narcotics and  Gang Task Force seized an undetermined amount of crystal meth, a  number of different chemicals and other products used to produce crystal meth and a number of firearms from the camper.

On October 1, 2013 it was reported that someone was possibly back  at the residence. Units from the Orange Co. Sheriff's Office and the  VA State Police responded along with the VA State Police SWAT Team.  Entry was made into the residence but no one was found. Currently there is an outstanding warrant for David Gene Thorsted for manufacturing Methamphetamine. Thorsted is 55 years old, white  male with ties to the Spotsylvania and Fredericksburg area.

This case is still under investigation with more charges pending. Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Steve LaLuna  or Investigator Bryan Seal at the Orange County Sheriff's Office at (540)  672-1200 or the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force at (540) 547- 2997.

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