Meth lab "hot zone" shuts down neighborhood, police charge Hanover man

Meth lab "hot zone" shuts down neighborhood, police charge Hanover man

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A Montpelier man faces charges after Henrico police uncovered a mobile meth lab Thursday.

Police charged James Kent Booth, of the 15300 block of Mountain Road in Montpelier, with one count of providing false information to law enforcement. Police said an additional charge of manufacturing methamphetamine is still pending.

Around 11 a.m. Thursday, police responded to the 11000 block of Branch Road in eastern Henrico based on a tip they received about a suspicious situation.

The tip mentioned a truck occupied by a man and woman who police said appeared to be involved in illegal dumping. When officers found the truck and the man and woman described in the call for service, police said Booth, 53, provided officers with false identification, and he was placed under arrest.

When officers began to do an inventory of items in the truck, they found a mobile, clandestine meth lab inside the truck.

Officers then evacuated the area, and members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Virginia State Police arrived to remove and dispose of any hazardous materials from the truck.

Police have not released a photo of Booth, and did not identify the woman with him in the truck.

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