2 arrested after meth lab found in back yard of Chesterfield home

Meth lab found in back yard of Chesterfield home

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Two people were arrested after officers found a meth lab in a shed in the backyard of a Chesterfield home Wednesday night.

Police said they, along with Chesterfield Fire and EMS, found the lab around 8 p.m. on Post Horn Drive after a call for a suspicious person.

When officers arrived, they found a man and woman in a shed. Police say the man initially gave officers false information about his ID and tried to flee.

“Officers spoke to the owner of the property, who asked that the adult female be removed from the property,” police said in a statement on Thursday. “When officers went into the shed with her as she gathered her belongings, they observed evidence of drug use.”

The property owner got permission from the property owner to search the shed and then discovered the production of methamphetamine.

Richard L. Upton Jr., 41, of no permanent address, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, common nuisance and possessing controlled paraphernalia. He was also charged with providing false identifying information to law enforcement and obstruction of justice.

Melody L. Upton, 38, of no permanent address was arrested and charged with manufacture methamphetamine and felony common nuisance.

Richard L. Upton and Melody Upton (Source: Chesterfield County Police Dept.)
Richard L. Upton and Melody Upton (Source: Chesterfield County Police Dept.)

Virginia State Police also assisted in the investigation.

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