Two behind bars after Chesterfield Police bust mobile meth lab

Published: Aug. 24, 2016 at 7:06 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2016 at 11:52 AM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Two men were arrested after police discovered an apparent mobile meth lab in Chesterfield. The area on Forest Lake Road off Jefferson Davis Highway was closed for hours as HazMat teams worked the scene.

The hazardous materials have been removed, and there was no danger to the public or people living there. It was a major inconvenience for those just trying to get home.

"I'm tired after being in meetings, and I just wanted to come home and relax, and that didn't happen," said Cate Sirles. She had just wrapped up her first day back at work as a teacher when she came home to find this scene right outside her home on Forest Lake Road.

"I saw the HazMat tent and guys in HazMat suits and pipes running through my hard, so I was concerned about my own house," said Sirles.

The road was closed, blocked off by police.

"That's the first thing I asked police officers: Is everything okay with my house," said Sirles.

She says she waited about an hour before being allowed back home, having to explain to her young daughter in the car what was going on.

"She's at the age where she's like, 'Mommy, what's going on?' I said 'drugs,' and she said, 'well what's wrong with that?' [I was] trying to explain to her there's different types of drugs, and she didn't understand what would happen."

It all started with a traffic stop right outside Sirles' home off Jefferson Davis Highway. Chesterfield police found 30-year-olds Michael Mays and Kenneth Tinsley inside the car, along with methamphetamine and materials to make it.

"Sometimes we complain about stops for whatever reason, but that one was a good stop," said Anthony Bingham who witnessed the scene unfold.

They called in Chesterfield Fire, Virginia State Police and HazMat crews to safely remove the dangerous product and hosed down anyone who may have come in contact to ensure there was no contamination.

"When you have hazardous materials and just knowing what that could bring," said Bingham.

Tinsley lives less than a mile away from the scene.

"I just hope that maybe if it wasn't a priority before, now it is, and police and the county see there's a need for more presence here," said Sirles.

Mays and Tinsley are facing four charges all in relation to possessing, manufacturing, and planning to distribute meth. Police say the traffic stop led officers to another location, where more arrests may have also been made.

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