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Tip leads Shenandoah authorities to meth lab

By Joe Beck

Shenandoah County authorities say they found a methamphetamine laboratory Monday operating out of a Woodstock home and charged an Edinburg man with manufacturing the drug.

Maj. Scott Proctor said investigators assigned to the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force went to the residence and obtained consent from the owners to search the building. The task force members were responding to an anonymous tip about Joseph Malachi Michael, 35, with a last known address of 13170 Old Valley Pike.

"We had received information that his individual was manufacturing methamphetamine at 23691 Senedo Road, Woodstock," Proctor said.

Proctor said authorities recovered several items they believe to precursors to the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Those times were sent to a laboratory for analysis, he said.

Proctor said more than one person was living in the home at the time of the search.

"As far as the relationship between the accused and the people who live at that residence, they are some type of acquaintance," Proctor said. "It appears (Michael) was cooking in another part of the house."

Proctor said Michael was arrested at 6 p.m. Monday, and released from jail on a $5,000 secured bond Tuesday.

The investigation is continuing, and there could be additional charges, Proctor said.

"If anybody has any information about a methamphetamine laboratory, don't hesitate to call the authorities," Proctor said.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

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